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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Johannes Schmidt, whose theory about eels and their mating habits is considered the most accurate one, thought that eels mate where?
(a) The Gulf of Mexico.
(b) The Sargasso Sea.
(c) The Arctic Ocean.
(d) In river springs.

2. What does Ernest Atkinson convert his manor Kessling Hall into?
(a) A hospital for the wounded of World War I.
(b) A museum in honor of Sarah Atkinson.
(c) An asylum for the mentally ill.
(d) A school for orphans.

3. 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 Tyne.
(c) The Ouse.
(d) The Thames.

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

5. What does Tom dream that he considers telling the headmaster about?
(a) He dreams of Mary as she was when she was 15.
(b) He dreams of a woman wailing in a supermarket.
(c) He dreams of the headmaster drowning in a canal.
(d) He dreams of Price as the Prime Minister of Britain.

6. What does Ernest Atkinson's maid Jane Shaw think she saw in the old Atkinson townhouse as the brewery was burning?
(a) A black cat with its tail on fire.
(b) The ghost of Sarah Atkinson, shouting.
(c) Helen Atkinson laughing as she watches the brewery collapse from her window.
(d) Ernest Atkinson packing cans of leftover lighting fluid into a satchel.

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

8. After Freddie's death, Mary reacts in a drastic way. What does she do?
(a) She strangles Tom's favorite kitten.
(b) She runs away to London.
(c) She attempts to commit suicide by drowning herself.
(d) She locks herself into her father's house for three years.

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

10. How does Freddie Parr's father Jack react to the ruling by the court that Freddie's death was an accident?
(a) He curses the judge and accuses Tom Crick of killing Freddie.
(b) He walks out of the court room and is never seen again.
(c) He goes to sit on the train tracks to commit suicide, but no train appears.
(d) He has a heart attack in the court room and dies on the spot.

11. Who does Tom Crick think his wife Mary is having a love affair with in her old age?
(a) Nature.
(b) God.
(c) Their neighbor's son George.
(d) His brother Dick.

12. 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 frail and vulnerable she seems.
(c) How much of her old spark and curiosity she has lost.
(d) How tough and independent she has become.

13. What is Ernest Atkinson's reaction to the fire?
(a) He weeps openly on front of the entire town.
(b) He sings loudly with the other revelers as the brewery collapses.
(c) He shows no reaction and drives off to his country estate.
(d) He frantically alerts the fire brigade, but they are too drunk to help.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Tom put the bottle that he found drifting in the water after Freddie Parr's death?

3. How does Tom react to Mary's statement that "everything has changed" with Freddie's death.

4. What is the worst thing Tom Crick can imagine?

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

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