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

2. What skill is J. apparently lacking to be a great fisherman?

3. Whom does George finally ask about the time in the story J. tells about the broken watch?

4. What kind of animal does Montmorency attack?

5. Why can the men not get their canned items open during the trip?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does J. have to pay a lot of money after he and some friends rent a sailboat on a windy day?

5. What does J. claim one has to do to get a tea kettle to boil?

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

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

8. Why do the men pretend to ignore the steam launch when it approaches them?

9. What happens that lets George know that everyone is lying about who caught the fish that is mounted on the wall in the pub?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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