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 does not think the river trip is a fine idea?

2. According to J., what are girls constantly asking while they tow the boat?

3. What do the men push aside to make room for everything they want to pack?

4. Which characters are initially in favor of camping during the trip?

5. Kingston is known for being ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What compromise do the men come to about sleeping at inns or camping?

3. 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?

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

5. What does J. joke is the prime symptom of his current malady in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

9. What does J. say he actually intended when he volunteered to pack?

10. Where do J. and Harris ultimately end up getting George?

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

"Three Men in a Boat" has never gone out of print in its 120+ year history. Discuss at least three aspects of the novel that readers have identified with over the years. Will those aspects continue to connect with readers in the future? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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