Waterland Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Tom Crick apologize to Price outside the pub?

2. How does Price feel about helping his drunk teacher Tom Crick once they are out on the street outside the pub?

3. What is the name of the Cricks' golden retriever?

4. What is Martha Clay's pet?

5. Harry feels ridiculous in Tom's presence, because while Tom read history books Harry did what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During his history lessons, the narrator of Graham Swift's novel Waterland, Tom Crick, stops teaching directly about the French Revolution and instead begins to tell stories about the Fenlands and about his family history. Giving specific examples from the book, explain why Tom Crick does this and what he wants to convey about the meaning of history by employing that tactic.

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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