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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Ernest Atkinson do that marks the first step in his family's economic decline?
(a) He sells the Water Transport Company.
(b) He closes the Atkinson brewery.
(c) He sells Kessling Hall, their estate.
(d) He takes a ruinous Grand Tour of Europe.
2. Tom Crick's wife, Mary, has been sent to a mental institution. Why?
(a) She began to scream at odd times of the night.
(b) She stole a baby from a stroller in a supermarket.
(c) Tom Crick hit her over the head and she lost her mind.
(d) She has developed Alzheimer's disease.
3. Which of the boys' bodies does Mary appear to be most interested in?
(a) Dick Crick.
(b) Freddie Parr.
(c) Terry Coe.
(d) Tom Crick.
4. Who hunted in Greenwich Park, where Tom and Mary sit in the evenings with their dog?
(a) Sir Walter Raleigh.
(b) The Duke of Wellington.
(c) King Henry VIII.
(d) Queen Anne.
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) How many more history lessons will he have to sit through?
(c) How can anyone know what really happened?
(d) Is history not just a collection of stories that keeps the powerful in power?
6. What is the agreement between Helen and Ernest Atkinson in exchange for Ernest allowing Helen to marry Harry Crick?
(a) That Helen will have Ernest's child.
(b) That Helen will help Ernest commit suicide.
(c) That Helen will become a nurse at the Kessling Hall asylum.
(d) That Helen will find a way to assuage Sarah Atkinson's ghost.
7. What is the River Tom Crick describes at great length to explain how the landscape of the novel's setting is formed?
(a) The Tyne.
(b) The Thames.
(c) The Ouse.
(d) The Cam.
8. Why does his most outspoken student reject Tom Crick's attempt to teach the class history?
(a) He thinks Tom is senile.
(b) He hates school in general, and Tom is easy to pick on.
(c) He thinks Tom is lying to the class.
(d) He thinks history is imaginary and doesn't matter.
9. How old is Sarah Atkinson when she dies?
(a) 37 years.
(b) 92 years.
(c) 99 years.
(d) 68 years.
10. What about Mary strikes Tom when he returns from Germany at the end of World War II to marry her?
(a) How frail and vulnerable she seems.
(b) How much of her old spark and curiosity she has lost.
(c) How much more beautiful she has become.
(d) How tough and independent she has become.
11. What did Johannes Schmidt conclude about the difference between the European eel and the American eel?
(a) The American eel has a shorter lifespan.
(b) The American eel eats its young, whereas the European eel does not.
(c) The European eel has far more offspring.
(d) There is no difference, genetically.
12. 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.
13. What is Ernest Atkinson's reaction to the fire?
(a) He frantically alerts the fire brigade, but they are too drunk to help.
(b) He sings loudly with the other revelers as the brewery collapses.
(c) He weeps openly on front of the entire town.
(d) He shows no reaction and drives off to his country estate.
14. Tom Crick mentions a similarity his father found between his home and the battlefields of World War I. What is that similarity?
(a) The mud felt the same and eels swam in the pools.
(b) The pretty girls in the town were disdainful of him.
(c) The army served the same ale the Atkinsons brewed in Gildsey.
(d) The men were silent and preferred to keep to themselves.
15. What does Tom Crick think the French really celebrate on Bastille Day when they mark the beginning of the French Revolution?
(a) The power of the mob over government.
(b) An event that never took place.
(c) The beginning of the Napoleonic Empire.
(d) An event that was not nearly as important at the time as it is now made out to be.
Short Answer Questions
1. 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?
2. Where does Tom put the bottle that he found drifting in the water after Freddie Parr's death?
3. What World War I battle was Tom's father injured in and saw his brother killed in earlier in the day?
4. The effects of Ernest's special ale caused all of the following EXCEPT:
5. What is the motto of the New Brewery in Gildsey?
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