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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the term Tom Crick keeps using to refer to Mary's attitude towards the world when she was an adolescent?
(a) Eager.
(b) Passive.
(c) Curious.
(d) Aloof.

2. Henry Crick, Tom's father, is obsessed with one question about Freddie's death that he repeats over and over again. What is it?
(a) How did Freddie die?
(b) Who killed Freddie?
(c) Why did Freddie have to die?
(d) Could he have saved Freddie?

3. What does Tom notice for the first time when Mary struggles with Freddie Parr's prank?
(a) That Terry Coe is afraid of eels.
(b) That Freddie Parr is a drunkard.
(c) That Mary is ticklish.
(d) That Dick is interested in Mary and that Mary is interested in Dick.

4. How old is Sarah Atkinson when she dies?
(a) 37 years.
(b) 92 years.
(c) 99 years.
(d) 68 years.

5. What is Ernest Atkinson's reaction to the fire?
(a) He weeps openly on front of the entire town.
(b) He frantically alerts the fire brigade, but they are too drunk to help.
(c) He sings loudly with the other revelers as the brewery collapses.
(d) He shows no reaction and drives off to his country estate.

6. The Atkinsons are an important family in the Gildsey area for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
(a) They helped drain the marshes by buiding locks and canals.
(b) They owned a major textile factory.
(c) They represented the Gildsey district in parliament.
(d) They ran a famous brewery.

7. 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 steals all her clothes and forces her to walk home naked.
(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 holds her under water until she nearly drowns.

8. 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 Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
(b) The Norman Invasion of 1066.
(c) The French Revolution of 1789.
(d) The Sarajevo Assassination of 1914.

9. What game are Tom Crick, Freddie Parr, Peter Baine, and Terry Coe playing with Mary Metcalf and Shirley Alford on the banks of the Hockwell Lode as Dick Crick looks on?
(a) A raucous game of catch.
(b) They ask each other silly riddles.
(c) Underwater hide and seek.
(d) A coy game of Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine.

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

11. Who does Tom Crick think his wife Mary is having a love affair with in her old age?
(a) Their neighbor's son George.
(b) Nature.
(c) His brother Dick.
(d) God.

12. What medical condition is Tom afraid that Mary might have?
(a) Bipolar disorder.
(b) Diabetes.
(c) Alzheimer's disease.
(d) Schizophrenia.

13. Which of the following does NOT draw Mary and Tom closer together?
(a) They both have odd older brothers.
(b) They both grew up without a mother.
(c) They both escape to the ruined windmill together in the afternoons.
(d) They both take the same train to school every day.

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

15. What is the landscape the novel is set in?
(a) The coastline of Cornwall.
(b) The docks of East London.
(c) The Fens in eastern England.
(d) The Lake District in northern England.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the great mystery about the eel that nobody has been able to explain?

2. What is the main fish that the Cricks and their neighbors catch for food?

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

4. What does Tom Crick mean by the term "Natural History"?

5. Johannes Schmidt, whose theory about eels and their mating habits is considered the most accurate one, thought that eels mate where?

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