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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What World War I battle was Tom's father injured in and saw his brother killed in earlier in the day?
(a) Marne.
(b) Somme.
(c) Verdun.
(d) Ypres.

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

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

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

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

7. On the day that Freddie Parr was found dead in the river, Mary confesses what to Tom?
(a) That she is pregnant from Tom, but told Dick it was Freddie's child.
(b) That she saw Freddie attack Dick the night before by the river bridge.
(c) That she pushed Freddie into the river.
(d) That she is about to run off to London to hide from her father.

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

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

10. 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.

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

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

13. Which boy is most aggressive about asking the two girls to take their clothes off?
(a) Tom Crick.
(b) Peter Baine.
(c) Freddie Parr.
(d) Dick Crick.

14. What did the inquest decide was the cause of Freddie Parr's death?
(a) Freddie was drunk, fell in the water, and could not swim.
(b) Freddie had committed suicide.
(c) Freddie had been hit on the head with a bottle.
(d) Freddie had been robbed and drowned by thugs.

15. What sort of proof does Mary offer that Dick cannot be the father of her child?
(a) Ideological.
(b) Physiological.
(c) Theological.
(d) Psychological.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Freddie's death, Mary reacts in a drastic way. What does she do?

2. What does Ernest Atkinson's maid Jane Shaw think she saw in the old Atkinson townhouse as the brewery was burning?

3. What does Tom Crick's new-coined term "histrionics" refer to?

4. How does Freddie Parr's father Jack react to the ruling by the court that Freddie's death was an accident?

5. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the question humans must always ask about history?

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