Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog Test | Final 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 do the men ask of the friends they run into in Reading?

2. In the story he tells, how does J. get saved from being stuck at the top of a pole?

3. What is the first sign that George's watch might be broken in the story J. tells?

4. Why does J. have trouble sleeping near Picnic Point?

5. With whom are Streatly and Goring popular?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the cat react when Montmorency tries to attack it?

2. What kinds of complaints does J. have about steam-powered boats?

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

4. What kinds of methods do the men use to try to open their canned goods during the trip?

5. How does Montmorency burn himself the night everyone makes stew?

6. What kind of story is J. reminded of when he sees Montmorency attack the cat?

7. What ends up happening at the inns while George and J. are looking for somewhere to sleep in Datchet?

8. How does J. end up being the first one to take a bath in the river?

9. Why do the men decide to get their clothes washed in Streatly?

10. What does J. claim is the very best way to get a tea kettle to boil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least one female character in "Three Men in a Boat." Discuss how she is portrayed, what she contributes to the novel, and why Jerome would choose to include this particular type of character in a text heavily dominated by men.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least 3 literary devices which Jerome uses to create the humorous tone throughout the novel. Make sure to use at least one direct example from the text for each device discussed.

Essay Topic 3

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

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