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 kind of a scene does J. think of when he imagines King Henry courting someone?

2. What animal does Harris imagine has attacked him while George and J. were in Henley?

3. What kind of experience does Harris have that the others do not?

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

5. Why do the men not reach Magna Charta when they planned?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What formula does J.'s friend have when it comes to exaggerating his fishing successes?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze why Jerome would include the suicide of the woman in Chapter 16. How does this suicide add to the text? What effect on the reader did Jerome intend by including such a dreadful event in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze at least three literary devices Jerome uses to develop a character of your choosing in "Three Men in a Boat."

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