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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. Who hunted in Greenwich Park, where Tom and Mary sit in the evenings with their dog?
(a) King Henry VIII.
(b) Sir Walter Raleigh.
(c) Queen Anne.
(d) The Duke of Wellington.

2. What mesmerized King Canute as he was rowed past Ely?
(a) The singing of the swans in the fens.
(b) The chanting of the monks at the Ely monastery.
(c) The sound of the sea breeze as it rushed through the reeds.
(d) The beauty of the girls washing laundry near the riverbank.

3. Which part of London does the couple move to once they are married and Tom takes a job as a history teacher?
(a) Greenwich.
(b) Notting Hill.
(c) Knightsbridge.
(d) Chelsea.

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

5. What gives the Atkinsons the decisive advantage over the other brewers in the Gildsey area?
(a) They invent the steam engine.
(b) They return rich from an exploration to the Americas.
(c) They grow the best malt barley for beer brewing in the area.
(d) An ancestor saves Queen Elizabeth, is knighted and given a royal commission.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the phrase "in loco parentis" mean?

2. What is the historical event that Tom Crick keeps returning to over and over again as he explains that history seems to move in a circle?

3. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?

4. Tom Crick's wife, Mary, has been sent to a mental institution. Why?

5. The headmaster of the school where Tom Crick teaches history thinks Tom should retire from his job. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Chapter 26 is a long dissertation by Tom Crick about the mating habits of the eel. Recall three theories about how eels procreate that naturalists have advanced over the millennia.

4. 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.

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

6. 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?

7. In chapter 35, Tom Crick returns home from a day of teaching to find Mary has done what?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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