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

2. What does J. note often happens to the person responsible for pulling the tow line?

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

4. What is distinct about the house in Kingston which J. tells a story about?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does George do for a living?

2. What does J. report happened to two men he saw on shore once, holding a tow line and looking blankly at each other?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least one conflict the main characters (J., George, and Harris) have during their journey. How do they resolve it? What does the reader learn about at least one character through the conflict and its resolution?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose one character from the text and analyze whether or not this character is likable by the average reader. What three main characteristics does this character have that may connect with an average reader of "Three Men in a Boat"?

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