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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where does Tom put the bottle that he found drifting in the water after Freddie Parr's death?
(a) He accidentally leaves it on the kitchen table.
(b) Out by the road, where he hopes the police constable will see it.
(c) He ties it to the tail pipe of Dick's motorbike.
(d) In Dick's room, where Dick would see it.

4. What is the motto of the New Brewery in Gildsey?
(a) Sine Qua Non.
(b) Quid Pro Quo.
(c) E Pluribus Unum.
(d) Ex Aqua Fermentum.

5. 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 more beautiful she has become.
(c) How tough and independent she has become.
(d) How much of her old spark and curiosity she has lost.

6. Which part of London does the couple move to once they are married and Tom takes a job as a history teacher?
(a) Notting Hill.
(b) Chelsea.
(c) Knightsbridge.
(d) Greenwich.

7. 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.

8. What does Tom Crick think the French really celebrate on Bastille Day when they mark the beginning of the French Revolution?
(a) The beginning of the Napoleonic Empire.
(b) An event that was not nearly as important at the time as it is now made out to be.
(c) The power of the mob over government.
(d) An event that never took place.

9. What does Ernest Atkinson do with the three remaining steam ships he owns?
(a) He converts them into pleasure cruise ships.
(b) He donates them to the army to aid in the war effort.
(c) He names them after his daughter, Helen I, Helen II, and Helen III.
(d) He sells them to the city of Gildsey for the use of the fire brigade.

10. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the difference between animals and humans?
(a) Animals don't kill each other out of jealousy.
(b) Humans can plan for the future.
(c) Humans have the ability to forgive each other.
(d) Humans tell each other stories.

11. 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 holds her under water until she nearly drowns.
(c) He slips a large eel into her knickers.
(d) He rolls her in wet mud until she is totally covered by it.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What marks the end of Ernest Atkinson's political career?

2. What is the agreement between Helen and Ernest Atkinson in exchange for Ernest allowing Helen to marry Harry Crick?

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

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

5. How does Tom eventually arrange to marry Mary, even though her father Harold Metcalf hates him?

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