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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) Why?
(b) When?
(c) Who?
(d) How?

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) Helen Atkinson's beauty.
(c) Drinking Coronation Ale.
(d) Heckling by Ernest Atkinson.

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

4. The Atkinsons are an important family in the Gildsey area for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
(a) They owned a major textile factory.
(b) They helped drain the marshes by buiding locks and canals.
(c) They ran a famous brewery.
(d) They represented the Gildsey district in parliament.

5. 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) Dick standing on the wooden bridge.
(c) A boat-hook lying on the riverbank.
(d) A bottle drifting in the water.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Henry Crick's occupation?

2. Henry Crick, Tom's father, is obsessed with one question about Freddie's death that he repeats over and over again. What is it?

3. What convinced Tom Crick that he should study and teach history?

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

5. What is the motto of the New Brewery in Gildsey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In chapter 7, Tom describes the complicated relationship between Mary, Tom, Freddie Parr, and Dick. Briefly discuss the main dynamics of this relationship.

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

4. At the end of chapter 47, Tom says that "we all come to out asylums." Where is he when he says this and what does he mean?

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

6. Chapter 39 is about Mary's reaction to her pregnancy and to Tom's joy about it. What does Tom find her doing and what is the reason she gives?

7. In chapter 20, Price tells Tom Crick that he thinks "explaining's a way of avoiding the facts while you pretend to get near them." Why does Price think he does not need to have explanations for history?

8. In chapter 43, Tom Crick parts from Price shouting "don't let him do it!" What is he referring to and what theme that has run through the novel is this a culmination of?

9. Chapter 18 once again recounts the conversation the headmaster Lewis Scott and Tom Crick have about Tom's forced retirement. The headmaster attempts to diffuse the tension by offering Tom large amounts of what?

10. In chapter 8, Tom Crick speaks about how humans tell stories. What are some examples he uses about how history and fiction sometimes seem to overlap?

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