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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What about Mary strikes Tom when he returns from Germany at the end of World War II to marry her?
(a) How much of her old spark and curiosity she has lost.
(b) How frail and vulnerable she seems.
(c) How much more beautiful she has become.
(d) How tough and independent she has become.

3. Who says, "explaining's a way of avoiding the facts while you pretend to get near to them?"
(a) Lewis Scott.
(b) Tom Crick.
(c) Mary Crick.
(d) Price.

4. What does Tom Crick's new-coined term "histrionics" refer to?
(a) Changing history through technology.
(b) Being hysterically enthusiastic about something.
(c) The combined study of history and economics.
(d) Throwing an angry fit because what has happened is history and cannot be changed.

5. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?
(a) St. Mary.
(b) St. Julian of Norwich.
(c) St. Gunnhilda.
(d) St. Gertrude of the Marshes.

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

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

8. What did Johannes Schmidt conclude about the difference between the European eel and the American eel?
(a) The American eel eats its young, whereas the European eel does not.
(b) There is no difference, genetically.
(c) The European eel has far more offspring.
(d) The American eel has a shorter lifespan.

9. 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?
(a) King Arthur and His Noble Knights.
(b) Hereward the Wake.
(c) A Tale of Two Cities.
(d) The Last of the Mohicans.

10. To what does Tom Crick compare the soil of the Fens?
(a) Pudding.
(b) Quicksand.
(c) An obese matron.
(d) Phlegm.

11. Whom does Tom Crick quote as saying, "we cannot step into the same river twice?"
(a) Dionysius the Areopagite.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Cicero.
(d) Heraclitus of Ephesus.

12. What does Tom compare his father to as every day he sees him trudge back and forth along the canal?
(a) A caged wolf.
(b) A tethered dog.
(c) A blind ox.
(d) A chained falcon.

13. The effects of Ernest's special ale caused all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) The mass desertion of the army troops stationed in the town to the taverns.
(b) The near-collision of two pleasure boats whose steersmen had drunk too much.
(c) Wild improvisations by the marching band.
(d) The premature setting off of the evening's fireworks.

14. What is the object that Dick Crick treats like it is a real person?
(a) His dead mother's sewing machine.
(b) His barge engine.
(c) His motorbike.
(d) His father's radio.

15. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the question humans must always ask about history?
(a) When?
(b) How?
(c) Why?
(d) Who?

Short Answer Questions

1. What competition does Mary demand the boys take part in before she takes off her last piece of clothing for the winner?

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

3. What convinced Tom Crick that he should study and teach history?

4. During the festivities for the newly crowned King George V, the New Atkinson Brewery is destroyed. How?

5. What is it that Tom decides he must find at all cost?

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