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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Tom confronts Price about his frequent interruptions during class. What question does Price's reluctance about history boil down to?
2. How does Tom eventually arrange to marry Mary, even though her father Harold Metcalf hates him?
3. What about Mary strikes Tom when he returns from Germany at the end of World War II to marry her?
4. What does Dick do when he finds the bottle?
5. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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 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. At the end of chapter 49, Tom Crick compares progress to the process of reclaiming land lost to flooding. What does he mean?
5. In chapter 4, what is the reasoning the headmaster Lewis Scott gives Tom Crick for laying Tom off and merging history with General Studies?
6. In chapter 13, Tom Crick uses a pun on the word "histrionics" to explain his feelings. What is that pun and what is its significance?
7. In chapter 41, Mary makes a decision to see someone for help with her miscarriage. Whom does Mary want to go and see?
8. 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?
9. 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?
10. In chapter 21, Tom Crick asks, "when the past tries to demolish itself, how do you demolish the past?" What is he getting at?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One important theme in Graham Swift's novel Waterland is the tension between people from different social backgrounds. Choose one of the characters who crosses a social barrier in an important relationship and has to suffer the consequences for doing so. Using specifics from the book, trace the character's reasons, actions, and the reactions of those who are and those who are not from his or her own social class. What might the author be trying to show about history and about society by including the instance you chose in the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Religion is not an overt topic in Graham Swift's novel Waterland, but it certainly recurs as a theme. In particular, Tom Crick discusses religion in respect to two women: Gildsey's patron saint Gunnhilda and Tom's wife Mary. Using specifics and quotes from the novel, retrace the religious development those two women undergo in the novel and compare and contrast them.
Essay Topic 3
Carefully consider the character of Ernest Atkinson in Graham Swift's novel Waterland. Trace the mistakes he makes that lead to his social, political, and financial decline in Gildsey and that cause catastrophe for his descendants. Finally, analyze what Ernest's life might symbolize in Tom Crick's narrative about the Fens and its people.
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