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 country are the three main characters in "Three Men in a Boat" from?

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

3. What are people wearing when the young men reach Moulsey Lock?

4. Who is the narrator of "Three Men in a Boat"?

5. What word does J. use to describe what it's like to get one's boat towed by girls?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does J. remark about the weather forecast as the group prepares to leave on their journey?

2. Who is Stivvings?

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

4. What are the men wearing as they prepare to start their journey?

5. 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?

6. In the story J. tells while the men are packing, why do all of the other passengers on the train leave when J. enters with large cheeses?

7. Why do the men decide not to pack the oil stove?

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

9. Why do the men have such a hard time finding a train to take them to their boat?

10. What does George do for a living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least three elements of "Three Men in a Boat" that have made the novel such a timeless classic, making sure to mention why each element has connected with readers for over a century.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze what Montmorency brings to the text. Discuss three things that would be missing were he not included in the story.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast one of the major characters (Harris, George, or Jerome) with himself at the beginning of "Three Men in a Boat" and himself at the conclusion of the novel.

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