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

3. Who ends up packing all of the clothes and supplies in the men's first attempt?

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

5. J. believes that fellow boaters blame _________________when their tow lines get tangled.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does George do for a living?

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

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

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

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

10. What happens with George and the butter as the group is packing?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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