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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 weeps openly on front of the entire town.
(c) He sings loudly with the other revelers as the brewery collapses.
(d) He shows no reaction and drives off to his country estate.

2. What causes the soldiers at the 1915 Royal Cambrideshire Militia parade to stumble out of formation?
(a) Drinking Coronation Ale.
(b) Heckling by Ernest Atkinson.
(c) The sound of a beer barge foghorn.
(d) Helen Atkinson's beauty.

3. Which one of the following is NOT one of the ghosts that is said to haunt the marches along the River Leem?
(a) The Headless Ferryman of Staithe.
(b) The Singing Swans of Wash Fen Mere.
(c) The Monk of Sudchurch.
(d) The Grim Hound of Gargoyle Hall.

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

5. What is the worst thing Tom Crick can imagine?
(a) Humans forget their own history.
(b) Humans stop being curious.
(c) Mary stops loving him.
(d) Nuclear weapons destroy the earth.

6. Which of the boys' bodies does Mary appear to be most interested in?
(a) Tom Crick.
(b) Terry Coe.
(c) Dick Crick.
(d) Freddie Parr.

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

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

9. Why does Tom Crick decide to study the history of the Fens?
(a) Because the only scholarship to university he can get is for Fenland history.
(b) Because the only history books he can find during the Battle for Britain are local ones.
(c) Because it is the only history that holds any fascination for him.
(d) To avoid thinking about the history that is in the making as World War II rages.

10. What is the lesson about history that Tom Crick draws from the study of eel mating behavior?
(a) While humans die, some life forms like the eel seem to live forever.
(b) The true future of mankind lies West of the Atlantic Ocean.
(c) What human beings think of as major historical events makes little difference to other life on earth.
(d) The eel is much more adapted to life on earth than humans are.

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

12. Tom Crick mentions a similarity his father found between his home and the battlefields of World War I. What is that similarity?
(a) The men were silent and preferred to keep to themselves.
(b) The mud felt the same and eels swam in the pools.
(c) The pretty girls in the town were disdainful of him.
(d) The army served the same ale the Atkinsons brewed in Gildsey.

13. What does the phrase "in loco parentis" mean?
(a) Placed in parentheses.
(b) In place of the parents.
(c) According to the logic of the parents.
(d) Because of parental insanity.

14. What is Henry Crick's occupation?
(a) History teacher.
(b) Brewmaster at the Atkinson Brewery.
(c) Lock keeper at the Atkinson Lock.
(d) Barge captain on the River Ouse.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freddie Parr do to Mary as revenge for setting him up to lose the competition because she knew he couldn't swim?

2. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?

3. What is Tom Crick's response to this revelation?

4. Which of the following is NOT a theory that biologists have put forward about how eels reproduce?

5. Henry Crick, Tom's father, is obsessed with one question about Freddie's death that he repeats over and over again. What is it?

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