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

2. What does the unusual item that the men see floating in the water after they pass Reading turn out to be?

3. Who provides a brief history of Marlow?

4. How does J. describe Reading?

5. What historic document was signed at Manga Charta Island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does George decide to do once he realizes he cannot go back to sleep the night his watch stops working?

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

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

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

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

Discuss at least three challenges present for the reader in knowing that the entire story of "Three Men in a Boat" is told from the point of view of J.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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