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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. What convinced Tom Crick that he should study and teach history?

2. What does Tom Crick tell his students is the question humans must always ask about history?

3. What gives the Atkinsons the decisive advantage over the other brewers in the Gildsey area?

4. Who is the patron saint of Gildsey?

5. Which one of the following is NOT one of the ghosts that is said to haunt the marches along the River Leem?

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 4, what is the reasoning the headmaster Lewis Scott gives Tom Crick for laying Tom off and merging history with General Studies?

3. Chapter 51 is titled "About Phlegm." What is the significance of phlegm for the novel?

4. In chapter 48, what is the difficulty the headmaster runs into when he tries to announce Tom Cricks' retirement to the students at the school?

5. 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?

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

7. Briefly discuss how, in chapter 44, his interview with the police unravels Tom's earlier ideas about teaching the facts of history.

8. In chapter 47, Tom explains why he thinks Mary's mental illness can't be healed. Explain his reasoning.

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

10. In chapter 17, tells a version of the love story between Harry Crick and Helen Atkinson. How did they meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The idea that the landscape of the Fenlands, the River Ouse, the personalities of the characters, and the course of history are closely intertwined plays a major role in Graham Swift's novel Waterland. Describe the landscape as Swift relates it and then choose three characters whose personalities and fate appear to be tied to the nature of the Fenlands. Discuss how that relationship plays out in the decisions and accidents that shape their life. Analyze whether Swift's view of the Fenlands and its people holds up, given the examples you have just described.

Essay Topic 3

One of the strains in the novel Waterland concerns the differences between Tom Crick and his student Price. Outline their initial disagreements. Then discuss how Tom slowly guides Price from opposing the study of history to finding it worthwhile. In the novel, this occurs through a series of steps that are both philosophical and personal. Make sure to trace them in a detailed, logical, and chronological fashion. In your conclusion, analyze whether it is Tom who has changed Price or Price who has changed Tom.

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