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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Tom react to Mary's statement that "everything has changed" with Freddie's death.
(a) He tears up lumps of grass and angrily throws them around.
(b) He slaps Mary and shouts,
(c) He says nothing and watches Mary run off into the night.
(d) He laughs uncontrollably.

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

3. What competition does Mary demand the boys take part in before she takes off her last piece of clothing for the winner?
(a) A wrestling match.
(b) A competition to find and catch the largest eel.
(c) A footrace to the bridge and back.
(d) An underwater swimming competition.

4. What marks the end of Ernest Atkinson's political career?
(a) He runs as a candidate for the Liberal Party.
(b) He offends the mayor of Gildsey.
(c) He opposes the unionization of dock workers.
(d) He sneezes in parliament during a speech by King George V.

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

6. What secret does Tom reveal to his students about Lewis Scott, the headmaster of the school?
(a) The headmaster keeps whisky bottles in his filing cabinet.
(b) The headmaster cheated to receive his university degree.
(c) The headmaster was once arrested for cross-dressing.
(d) The headmaster is having an affair with his secretary, Miss Plum.

7. During the festivities for the newly crowned King George V, the New Atkinson Brewery is destroyed. How?
(a) An accidental explosion in the boiler room.
(b) A fire nobody can explain.
(c) A delivery truck rams one of the main pillars and collapses the building.
(d) An overexcited mob looking for more ale.

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

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

10. Tom Crick's wife, Mary, has been sent to a mental institution. Why?
(a) She stole a baby from a stroller in a supermarket.
(b) She began to scream at odd times of the night.
(c) She has developed Alzheimer's disease.
(d) Tom Crick hit her over the head and she lost her mind.

11. 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 no man is an island and no idea exists outside of time.
(b) That the revolutionaries were hypocrites.
(c) That the revolution included barricades, bloodshed, and the guillotine.
(d) The importance of the birthday of Louis XVI.

12. Which of the following is NOT a theory that biologists have put forward about how eels reproduce?
(a) Eels form out of small parasites that begin their lives in the belly of larger fish.
(b) Eels create offspring by rubbing against rocks; the young form the shreds of skin that come off.
(c) Eels are sexless and a born spontaneously out of the mud.
(d) Eels fertilize their eggs internally and bring forth live young.

13. What is the main fish that the Cricks and their neighbors catch for food?
(a) Trout.
(b) Carp.
(c) Eel.
(d) Salmon.

14. What about the scene at the Lode does NOT remind Tom of the later scene of Freddie Parr's death?
(a) A bottle drifting in the water.
(b) Freddie Parr in the water.
(c) A boat-hook lying on the riverbank.
(d) Dick standing on the wooden bridge.

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 Cam.
(b) The Ouse.
(c) The Thames.
(d) The Tyne.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of proof does Mary offer that Dick cannot be the father of her child?

2. What did the inquest decide was the cause of Freddie Parr's death?

3. What about Mary strikes Tom when he returns from Germany at the end of World War II to marry her?

4. What medical condition is Tom afraid that Mary might have?

5. What is Ernest Atkinson's reaction to the fire?

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