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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. Where does Tom put the bottle that he found drifting in the water after Freddie Parr's death?
(a) In Dick's room, where Dick would see it.
(b) He accidentally leaves it on the kitchen table.
(c) Out by the road, where he hopes the police constable will see it.
(d) He ties it to the tail pipe of Dick's motorbike.

2. What World War I battle was Tom's father injured in and saw his brother killed in earlier in the day?
(a) Verdun.
(b) Marne.
(c) Ypres.
(d) Somme.

3. What is it that Tom decides he must find at all cost?
(a) A key to his mother's chest in the attic.
(b) A way to expose Dick as Freddie's murderer.
(c) A full bottle of Coronation Ale.
(d) His grandfather's diary.

4. What is the term Tom Crick keeps using to refer to Mary's attitude towards the world when she was an adolescent?
(a) Aloof.
(b) Passive.
(c) Curious.
(d) Eager.

5. What is NOT one of the names the Atkinsons give their special-occasion ales?
(a) The Golden Jubilee.
(b) The Crimean Victory.
(c) The Empress of India.
(d) The Grand '51.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Tom Crick think his wife Mary is having a love affair with in her old age?

2. What is the great mystery about the eel that nobody has been able to explain?

3. What does Ernest Atkinson's maid Jane Shaw think she saw in the old Atkinson townhouse as the brewery was burning?

4. Who says, "explaining's a way of avoiding the facts while you pretend to get near to them?"

5. Lewis Scott, the headmaster at the school where Tom Crick teaches, thinks history should be considered part of what other field?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the surprise Tom Crick encounters when he stands up to speak at the end of chapter 48?

2. In chapter 33, Tom Crick takes Price to a bar to have a drink. What is the question Price asks Tom that shakes Tom the most?

3. In chapter 11, Tom Crick describes the inquest into Freddie Parr's death. What does the judge determine is the official cause of death, and how does he arrive at his conclusion?

4. In chapter 6, Tom Crick suggests that the Fens and history have what in common?

5. 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?

6. In chapter 47, Tom explains why he thinks Mary's mental illness can't be healed. Explain his reasoning.

7. Chapter 49 is one more chapter Tom Crick spends lamenting what happens when idealists begin revolutions and lose sight of their ideals. What is that example?

8. 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?

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

10. In chapter 25, Tom Crick gauges the reaction of his students at his racy revelations. What does he observe about rebellion in this context?

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