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 natural wonder has a major impact on J. near picnic point?

2. While in Reading, where do the men randomly meet some friends of theirs?

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

4. Who ends up taking the first rowing shift after Reading?

5. What is the group's original goal for Magna Charta Island?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do George and J. end up getting to Henley?

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

4. Who is J. with when he gets stuck on the punt?

5. What ends up happening to the men's canned pineapple?

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

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

8. Why does George's reaction change from laughter when J. accidentally flings his own shirt into the river?

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

10. Why does J.'s ode to night at the end of Chapter 10 seem so out of character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how alcohol/drinking/being drunk is portrayed in "Three Men in a Boat" as well as why Jerome would include the instances he does of characters drinking/having too much to drink in the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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