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. Who brings up the idea of inclement weather when the group is trying to decide if they should camp or sleep at inns during their trip?

2. What do the men decide not to list when it comes to packing?

3. Whom does Harris usually mention during his performance?

4. According to Harris's thinking, who has accused them of trespassing?

5. Who initially attempts to take charge of deciding what to bring on the trip?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does J. believe boaters can do to prevent tangles in the tow line?

3. What does J. remark about the original packing list the men create for their trip?

4. What happened to Harris the first time he went into the hedge maze?

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

6. How does the cat react when Montmorency tries to attack it?

7. 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?

8. How does J. end up being the first one to take a bath in the river?

9. How does Montmorency react to the tea kettle the night everyone makes stew?

10. How does the man accusing J. and Harris of trespassing respond to their challenges of his claim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Present an argument discussing why the group's decision to take the train home at the conclusion of the novel DOES or DOES NOT fit with what the reader has come to learn and know about this particular group of characters.

Essay Topic 2

In a well-written essay, discuss why the portrayal of the journey up the river in "Three Men in a Boat" is completely unrealistic and unbelievable for the average reader. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your position.

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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