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 time do the men wake up on the day they start their journey?

2. Where do Harris and J. stop when they are informed they are trespassing?

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

4. According to J., what animals do some kind of boaters hire to pull their boats?

5. Who wakes up the men when they oversleep on the first day of their journey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens with other boats during the last mile of river approaching Oxford?

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

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

5. After George's watch stops working, what does the policeman do when George asks him for the time?

6. What does Harris claim happens to him while George and J. are at Henley?

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. What does J. complain about sarcastically concerning the problem with being towed?

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

10. What change does J. notice about the group after they eat a large supper near Picnic Point?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Which character (Harris, George, or J.) is portrayed in the most positive light? What from the text most informs this opinion? Use specific examples to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast George with Harris, making sure to use specific quotations from the text in your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze whether or not work/labor is portrayed in a positive or negative way in "Three Men in a Boat." Use at least 3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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