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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 Ernest Atkinson, Tom's grandfather, do that marks the beginning of a long list of scandalous behavior?
(a) He closes the Atkinson brewery and begins selling soda instead.
(b) He get engaged to a poor journalist's daughter without his parents' permission.
(c) He proclaims that he believes Sarah Atkinson's ghost haunts his bedroom.
(d) He bathes in a public fountain with some of his Cambridge classmates.

2. What was Freddie Parr's father, Jack Parr, infamous for in the Gildsey area?
(a) His tendency to get into fights with the local barman.
(b) His habit of stealing livestock off the river barges.
(c) His ability to smuggle liquor out of an American military base nearby.
(d) His heckling of young women who worked in the fields.

3. What does Ernest Atkinson convert his manor Kessling Hall into?
(a) An asylum for the mentally ill.
(b) A museum in honor of Sarah Atkinson.
(c) A school for orphans.
(d) A hospital for the wounded of World War I.

4. 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?
(a) Coronation Ale.
(b) Helen Atkinson Ale.
(c) Gildsey Flood Ale.
(d) Diamond Jubilee Ale.

5. What sort of proof does Mary offer that Dick cannot be the father of her child?
(a) Physiological.
(b) Psychological.
(c) Ideological.
(d) Theological.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?

3. Tom confronts Price about his frequent interruptions during class. What question does Price's reluctance about history boil down to?

4. What mesmerized King Canute as he was rowed past Ely?

5. Why does Tom Crick decide to study the history of the Fens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. in chapter 15, Tom Crick gives a history of the River Ouse and the Fenlands in its river valley. List at least three details from the river's history.

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. Chapter 36 is titled "About Nothing." What is the "nothing" that Tom refers to?

5. In chapter 2, a student called Price interrupts Tom Crick, the history teacher, to tell him what about history?

6. 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?

7. In chapter 3, the narrator discusses the history of the Fens in eastern England and human attempts to drain them and make them fit for agriculture. "Strictly speaking," the narrator says what about the effort to "reclaim" the Fens?

8. 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?

9. Who does the chapter title "The Saviour of the World" refer to, and what does it mean?

10. In chapter 27, Tom Crick explains what he means by Natural History. What does he think it is a study of, truly?

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