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 kinds of vegetables do the men use in their stew?

2. What do the men argue about in regard to rowing the boat?

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

4. What does J. think one should do first while preparing dinner?

5. Where are the men returning from when Montmorency attacks another animal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of scene is J. reminded of when he thinks of King Henry courting Anne Boleyn on Magna Charta Island?

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

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

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

8. What does J.'s friend miscalculate with the punt when they are boating together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Compare and contrast George with Harris, making sure to use specific quotations from the text in your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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