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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 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 Cam.
(d) The Thames.

2. What is Tom Crick's response to this revelation?
(a) He starts flirting intensely with Mary to outdo all the other boys.
(b) He reads history books when Dick is out wooing Mary.
(c) He turns Freddie Parr in to the police constable.
(d) He begins to be afraid of Dick.

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

4. What does Tom dream that he considers telling the headmaster about?
(a) He dreams of Price as the Prime Minister of Britain.
(b) He dreams of a woman wailing in a supermarket.
(c) He dreams of Mary as she was when she was 15.
(d) He dreams of the headmaster drowning in a canal.

5. What did the inquest decide was the cause of Freddie Parr's death?
(a) Freddie had been hit on the head with a bottle.
(b) Freddie had been robbed and drowned by thugs.
(c) Freddie had committed suicide.
(d) Freddie was drunk, fell in the water, and could not swim.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does NOT draw Mary and Tom closer together?

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

3. 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?

4. What does Tom notice for the first time when Mary struggles with Freddie Parr's prank?

5. What does Tom Crick mean by the term "Natural History"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. In chapter 5, what does Tom notice about Freddie Parr's face, and what does he conclude from it?

7. In chapter 1, the narrator describes the Crick family's relationship with the Fens how?

8. 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?

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

10. In chapter 32, Tom Crick describes the relationship between Mary and Dick. Why does Mary say she wants to "educate" Dick and what is the version of events that she tells Tom?

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