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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Tom thinks Mary cannot overcome her insanity because...
(a) Brain chemistry is destiny.
(b) He does not love her enough.
(c) There is no cure for Alzheimer's.
(d) She keeps reliving the past.

2. Which two fictional characters does Tom compare himself and Mary to as they walk the Fenland tracks to Martha Clay's cottage?
(a) Lancelot and Guinevere.
(b) Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
(c) Hereward and Torfrida.
(d) Romeo and Juliet.

3. Tom Crick compares history teachers to which fictional character?
(a) Baron Münchhausen with his tall tales.
(b) The Wife of Bath from Canterbury Tales.
(c) Scheherazade from 1001 Nights.
(d) King Lear.

4. What sparks Tom Crick's interest in the mating habits of eels?
(a) His desire to show his own curiosity is as strong as Mary's.
(b) Mary tells Tom if he can find out the truth about how eels mate, she'll stop her love lessons with Dick.
(c) His memory of an eel in Mary's knickers and his need to take his mind off Mary being with Dick.
(d) Mary asks him to look it up because she wants to use it as an example to teach Dick about sex.

5. What does Tom call the students?
(a) Brothers and sisters.
(b) Children.
(c) The future of the world.
(d) Punks.

6. While Martha locks herself in with Mary, she asks Tom to do what outside?
(a) Pray to the Virgin Mary.
(b) Chop firewood.
(c) Stand guard.
(d) Pluck a duck.

7. In Tom's mind, the headmaster thinks of the school as what, figuratively speaking?
(a) An atomic bomb shelter.
(b) A swamp full of lost sheep.
(c) A duck pond with a fence.
(d) A kennel for wild dogs.

8. What to Tom and Mary ask Martha to help them with?
(a) An abortion for Mary.
(b) A way to save Mary's baby.
(c) Poison for Dick.
(d) Finding a key to Dick's chest.

9. What does Tom Crick say is the mission of a history teacher?
(a) To teach his students about mistakes.
(b) To instill in his students a sense of destiny.
(c) To make sure his students end up loving history.
(d) To motivate his students to be active citizens.

10. What is the name of the Cricks' doctor?
(a) Dr. Atlee.
(b) Dr. Higginbotham.
(c) Dr. Fiddler.
(d) Dr. Bright.

11. What is NOT a negative personality trait associated with phlegm, although it plays a pivotal role in some of the novel's most important turning points?
(a) Dullness.
(b) Fatalism.
(c) Anger.
(d) Stupor.

12. What do Tom and Mary hope will happen as they drive back to the supermarket to return the child?
(a) That the mother will not have noticed that the child has gone.
(b) That the mother will have simply disappeared.
(c) That they can find the mother and return the child quietly.
(d) That the mother will let them keep the child.

13. What temperament does phlegm tend towards, as reflected in the mood of the landscape the novel is set in and in the mood of many of its major characters?
(a) Sanguine.
(b) Melancholic.
(c) Inquisitive.
(d) Choleric.

14. Tom dislikes the pike because...
(a) Pikes are killers and scares him.
(b) Pikes were swarming around Freddie Parr's body.
(c) The pike reminds him of Dick.
(d) The pike smells awful.

15. Where does Tom Crick take Price to talk about Tom's forced retirement?
(a) Greenwich Park.
(b) The British Library in downtown London.
(c) A pub called The Duke's Head.
(d) Gildsey.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Tom compare the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to?

2. Why does Harry Crick abandon his cottage by the Atkinson lock?

3. What does Tom tell Dick about Mary's baby?

4. What is the historical fact that Tom says "history scarcely finds time to mention"?

5. What does Price shout when Tom Crick stands up to give his farewell speech?

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