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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Lewis Scott, the headmaster at the school where Tom Crick teaches, thinks history should be considered part of what other field?
(a) Geography.
(b) Liberal Arts.
(c) Civics.
(d) General Studies.

3. On the day that Freddie Parr was found dead in the river, Mary confesses what to Tom?
(a) That she is about to run off to London to hide from her father.
(b) That she is pregnant from Tom, but told Dick it was Freddie's child.
(c) That she pushed Freddie into the river.
(d) That she saw Freddie attack Dick the night before by the river bridge.

4. What mesmerized King Canute as he was rowed past Ely?
(a) The beauty of the girls washing laundry near the riverbank.
(b) The sound of the sea breeze as it rushed through the reeds.
(c) The chanting of the monks at the Ely monastery.
(d) The singing of the swans in the fens.

5. 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) Is history not just a collection of stories that keeps the powerful in power?
(c) How can anyone know what really happened?
(d) How many more history lessons will he have to sit through?

6. What does Ernest Atkinson convert his manor Kessling Hall into?
(a) An asylum for the mentally ill.
(b) A museum in honor of Sarah Atkinson.
(c) A school for orphans.
(d) A hospital for the wounded of World War I.

7. What does Ernest Atkinson's maid Jane Shaw think she saw in the old Atkinson townhouse as the brewery was burning?
(a) Ernest Atkinson packing cans of leftover lighting fluid into a satchel.
(b) The ghost of Sarah Atkinson, shouting.
(c) A black cat with its tail on fire.
(d) Helen Atkinson laughing as she watches the brewery collapse from her window.

8. What World War I battle was Tom's father injured in and saw his brother killed in earlier in the day?
(a) Somme.
(b) Ypres.
(c) Marne.
(d) Verdun.

9. What does Dick do when he finds the bottle?
(a) He ties it to the handle of his motorbike with a piece of string.
(b) He hides it in a wooden chest with a lock in the attic.
(c) He threatens Tom not to tell anyone about it or he will hurt Tom.
(d) He screams and later says he saw Sarah Atkinson's ghost.

10. What does Freddie Parr do to Mary as revenge for setting him up to lose the competition because she knew he couldn't swim?
(a) He holds her under water until she nearly drowns.
(b) He slips a large eel into her knickers.
(c) He rolls her in wet mud until she is totally covered by it.
(d) He steals all her clothes and forces her to walk home naked.

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

12. Johannes Schmidt, whose theory about eels and their mating habits is considered the most accurate one, thought that eels mate where?
(a) The Arctic Ocean.
(b) In river springs.
(c) The Gulf of Mexico.
(d) The Sargasso Sea.

13. Tom thinks that people who focus on ideals like the Declaration of the Rights of Man instead of the details of the French Revolution forget what important fact?
(a) That the revolutionaries were hypocrites.
(b) The importance of the birthday of Louis XVI.
(c) That the revolution included barricades, bloodshed, and the guillotine.
(d) That no man is an island and no idea exists outside of time.

14. What is the historical event that Tom Crick keeps returning to over and over again as he explains that history seems to move in a circle?
(a) The French Revolution of 1789.
(b) The Sarajevo Assassination of 1914.
(c) The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
(d) The Norman Invasion of 1066.

15. What does Tom Crick mean by the term "Natural History"?
(a) The history of the world as seen through the lense of science.
(b) History as it would progress if humans didn't attempt to interfere in it constantly.
(c) The history of animals, plants, and other life forms.
(d) The study of human nature through stories to see what human beings truly are like.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Tom notice for the first time when Mary struggles with Freddie Parr's prank?

2. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the question humans must always ask about history?

3. What tells Tom that he and Mary must finish their argument quickly because the park is about to close?

4. What causes the soldiers at the 1915 Royal Cambrideshire Militia parade to stumble out of formation?

5. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the difference between animals and humans?

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