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

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

3. Which of the following does NOT draw Mary and Tom closer together?
(a) They both have odd older brothers.
(b) They both grew up without a mother.
(c) They both take the same train to school every day.
(d) They both escape to the ruined windmill together in the afternoons.

4. What does Ernest Atkinson do that marks the first step in his family's economic decline?
(a) He closes the Atkinson brewery.
(b) He sells Kessling Hall, their estate.
(c) He sells the Water Transport Company.
(d) He takes a ruinous Grand Tour of Europe.

5. What is the River Tom Crick describes at great length to explain how the landscape of the novel's setting is formed?
(a) The Tyne.
(b) The Ouse.
(c) The Thames.
(d) The Cam.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is NOT one of the ghosts that is said to haunt the marches along the River Leem?

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

3. How does Tom eventually arrange to marry Mary, even though her father Harold Metcalf hates him?

4. What was Freddie Parr's father, Jack Parr, infamous for in the Gildsey area?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. IIn Chapter 43, what significant change occurs in Tom and Price's attitude toward history?

2. In chapter 45, what is the symbolic significance of where Dick elected to hide the key from Tom to their mother's chest?

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

4. In chapter 17, Tom Crick discusses his difficulties in trying to marry Mary Metcalf. What are the sources of those difficulties?

5. 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.

6. In chapter 28, Tom explains why he turned to history and stories as passionately as he did. Why is that?

7. In chapter 23, Tom Crick asserts that the 14th of July festivities the French celebrate as Bastille Day are more of a fairy tale than anything else. What makes him say so?

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

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

10. Chapter 9 details the rise of the Atkinson family through various activities and involvements. After Tom Atkinson marries Sarah Turnbull. Sarah becomes a pivotal character in the Atkinson story. How?

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