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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the inquest decide was the cause of Freddie Parr's death?
(a) Freddie had committed suicide.
(b) Freddie had been robbed and drowned by thugs.
(c) Freddie was drunk, fell in the water, and could not swim.
(d) Freddie had been hit on the head with a bottle.

2. What was Freddie Parr's father, Jack Parr, infamous for in the Gildsey area?
(a) His tendency to get into fights with the local barman.
(b) His ability to smuggle liquor out of an American military base nearby.
(c) His habit of stealing livestock off the river barges.
(d) His heckling of young women who worked in the fields.

3. Tom confronts Price about his frequent interruptions during class. What question does Price's reluctance about history boil down to?
(a) Does knowing history help change anything?
(b) How can anyone know what really happened?
(c) How many more history lessons will he have to sit through?
(d) Is history not just a collection of stories that keeps the powerful in power?

4. What is the great mystery about the eel that nobody has been able to explain?
(a) What family of species the eel really belongs to.
(b) How eels can live both in salt water and fresh water.
(c) How long eels have existed.
(d) Where and how eels mate.

5. What is Tom Crick's response to this revelation?
(a) He reads history books when Dick is out wooing Mary.
(b) He turns Freddie Parr in to the police constable.
(c) He starts flirting intensely with Mary to outdo all the other boys.
(d) He begins to be afraid of Dick.

6. Where does Tom put the bottle that he found drifting in the water after Freddie Parr's death?
(a) He ties it to the tail pipe of Dick's motorbike.
(b) He accidentally leaves it on the kitchen table.
(c) In Dick's room, where Dick would see it.
(d) Out by the road, where he hopes the police constable will see it.

7. What does Tom dream that he considers telling the headmaster about?
(a) He dreams of a woman wailing in a supermarket.
(b) He dreams of Price as the Prime Minister of Britain.
(c) He dreams of Mary as she was when she was 15.
(d) He dreams of the headmaster drowning in a canal.

8. Where do the Cricks find the body of Freddie Parr?
(a) Sprawled in shrubbery by the side of the Ouse River Road.
(b) Hung from the rafters in the Cricks' barn.
(c) Slumped over the table at Jack Parr's house.
(d) Drifting along the canal at the Atkinson Lock.

9. How did Tom's parents meet?
(a) His father delivered a crate of eels to the house where Tom's mother lived.
(b) His father heard her shouting one day because she'd sprained an ankle and rescued her.
(c) His father was recovering from World War I in a mental asylum where his mother was a nurse.
(d) His father came home as a war hero and his mother was the prettiest girl at the parade.

10. What is the name of the student Tom Crick butts heads with the most?
(a) George.
(b) Price.
(c) Jerome.
(d) Dick.

11. Why does his most outspoken student reject Tom Crick's attempt to teach the class history?
(a) He thinks Tom is lying to the class.
(b) He hates school in general, and Tom is easy to pick on.
(c) He thinks history is imaginary and doesn't matter.
(d) He thinks Tom is senile.

12. Tom tells us that as a young teenager Mary liked to "experiment" with boys. Whom does he NOT suspect her of sleeping with?
(a) Harold Metcalf.
(b) Tom Crick himself.
(c) Freddie Parr.
(d) Dick Crick.

13. What does Ernest Atkinson do that marks the first step in his family's economic decline?
(a) He takes a ruinous Grand Tour of Europe.
(b) He sells Kessling Hall, their estate.
(c) He closes the Atkinson brewery.
(d) He sells the Water Transport Company.

14. Why does Tom Crick decide to study the history of the Fens?
(a) Because the only history books he can find during the Battle for Britain are local ones.
(b) Because it is the only history that holds any fascination for him.
(c) Because the only scholarship to university he can get is for Fenland history.
(d) To avoid thinking about the history that is in the making as World War II rages.

15. What is the River Tom Crick describes at great length to explain how the landscape of the novel's setting is formed?
(a) The Thames.
(b) The Cam.
(c) The Tyne.
(d) The Ouse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the books Tom Crick reads that he finds in the trove of books collected by his great-aunts Louisa and Dora?

2. What marks the end of Ernest Atkinson's political career?

3. The headmaster of the school where Tom Crick teaches history thinks Tom should retire from his job. Why?

4. What does the phrase "in loco parentis" mean?

5. What is the object that Dick Crick treats like it is a real person?

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