Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Harris's full name?

2. What is unique about Moulsey Lock?

3. What kind of stove do the three men decide not to take on their trip?

4. What usually happens when Harris tries to sing songs at parties?

5. Where do the men make a pile of everything they want to pack?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Harris and J. have to pick up George after they start the journey?

2. After George sees a couple walking along the shore with a tow line that is not attached to anything, what does he decide to do?

3. What does Harris say he would like to do to any man who puts up a "no trespassing" sign?

4. What about the houses in Kingston makes them unique?

5. What does the group of boys tease the men about as they are outside waiting for a cab to take them to the train station?

6. What item does George bring onto the boat when J. and Harris pick him up?

7. Why does J. make fun of Harris's desire to look at old tombstone inscriptions?

8. What does J. note about what people remember about being seasick after they return from a trip?

9. What does J. report happened to two men he saw on shore once, holding a tow line and looking blankly at each other?

10. What does J. admit he thinks when he reads advertisements for new patent medicines?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze why Jerome would include the suicide of the woman in Chapter 16. How does this suicide add to the text? What effect on the reader did Jerome intend by including such a dreadful event in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least three literary devices Jerome uses to make the scenery in "Three Men in a Boat" become more vivid and realistic for the reader. Make sure to use specific quotations and/or examples from the text for each device discussed.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least three challenges present for the reader in knowing that the entire story of "Three Men in a Boat" is told from the point of view of J.

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