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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What disaster befalls Sarah Atkinson when she is 37 years old?
(a) She loses her long-awaited first child at its birth.
(b) Her husband dies and his relatives take all his money from her, leaving her destitute.
(c) Her husband hits her in the head in a fit of rage, leaving her a living shell of her former self.
(d) She is caught on the second floor of her house when it burns down.

3. What is one of the books Tom Crick reads that he finds in the trove of books collected by his great-aunts Louisa and Dora?
(a) King Arthur and His Noble Knights.
(b) A Tale of Two Cities.
(c) The Last of the Mohicans.
(d) Hereward the Wake.

4. What medical condition is Tom afraid that Mary might have?
(a) Alzheimer's disease.
(b) Schizophrenia.
(c) Diabetes.
(d) Bipolar disorder.

5. What does Tom Crick find in the river that he thinks caused the bruise that killed Freddie Parr?
(a) A beer bottle from the defunct Atkinson brewery.
(b) A cricket bat with an odd indentation and a label that reads F.P.
(c) A metal ball from a slingshot Tom has seen Jack Parr use to kill birds.
(d) A wrench Dick uses to fix his motorbike.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the name of the student Tom Crick butts heads with the most?

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

5. What competition does Mary demand the boys take part in before she takes off her last piece of clothing for the winner?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 14, Tom Crick's student Price asks him whether Tom thinks "we can find whatever we like in history." What it Tom's reply?

2. Briefly discuss how, in chapter 44, his interview with the police unravels Tom's earlier ideas about teaching the facts of history.

3. In chapter 37, Tom Crick discusses the idea of terror and how it aids people in pretending they're changing the world for the better. What are some examples Tom gives from the French Revolution?

4. In chapter 24, Tom, Dick, Freddie Parr, Mary Metcalf, and a few other kids are playing together near the water. What is the importance of the eel to all the events that transpire afterwards?

5. In chapter 38, Tom describes the death of his mother from the flu. What is most remarkable about it to him?

6. At the end of chapter 49, Tom Crick compares progress to the process of reclaiming land lost to flooding. What does he mean?

7. Chapter 51 is titled "About Phlegm." What is the significance of phlegm for the novel?

8. In chapter 41, Mary makes a decision to see someone for help with her miscarriage. Whom does Mary want to go and see?

9. In chapter 27, Tom Crick explains what he means by Natural History. What does he think it is a study of, truly?

10. Chapter 26 is a long dissertation by Tom Crick about the mating habits of the eel. Recall three theories about how eels procreate that naturalists have advanced over the millennia.

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