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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. How did Tom's parents meet?
(a) His father was recovering from World War I in a mental asylum where his mother was a nurse.
(b) His father heard her shouting one day because she'd sprained an ankle and rescued her.
(c) His father delivered a crate of eels to the house where Tom's mother lived.
(d) His father came home as a war hero and his mother was the prettiest girl at the parade.

2. To what does Tom Crick compare the soil of the Fens?
(a) Phlegm.
(b) Quicksand.
(c) Pudding.
(d) An obese matron.

3. How old is Sarah Atkinson when she dies?
(a) 37 years.
(b) 68 years.
(c) 92 years.
(d) 99 years.

4. What is the object that Dick Crick treats like it is a real person?
(a) His dead mother's sewing machine.
(b) His motorbike.
(c) His barge engine.
(d) His father's radio.

5. The headmaster of the school where Tom Crick teaches history thinks Tom should retire from his job. Why?
(a) Tom Crick has stopped teaching the syllabus.
(b) All of the above.
(c) History will be eliminated from the curriculum.
(d) The headmaster does not like Tom Crick.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the ale Ernest Atkinson brews that seems to cause the end of any respect for him in Gildsey because it is too good?

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

3. What does Tom Crick think the French really celebrate on Bastille Day when they mark the beginning of the French Revolution?

4. How does Tom react to Mary's statement that "everything has changed" with Freddie's death.

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. As he watches Dick ride off on his motorbike at the end of chapter 46, Tom states that Dick rides as if he has the legacy of the Atkinsons on his back. How so?

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

3. 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?

4. In chapter 50, Harry Crick spends a lot of time thinking about the significance of the bed he is lying in. What is his conclusion?

5. 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?

6. In chapter 22, the role of Ernest Atkinson in the events of Coronation Day is ambiguous. Please describe the events of Coronation Day and why they appear to have happened.

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

9. In chapter 10, Tom Crick explains that he thinks the most important question is the question "why?" How does he use Louis XVI's fate to illustrate that point?

10. In chapter 31, Price tells Tom Crick about the student club he is part of. What club is that and what is its purpose?

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