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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. What do Tom and Mary hope will happen as they drive back to the supermarket to return the child?

2. What does Mary tell Tom that she does not tell the judge?

3. While Martha locks herself in with Mary, she asks Tom to do what outside?

4. Which of the following is NOT in the chest Tom and Dick open in the attic?

5. What is Mary doing at the windmill when Tom finds her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Tom's opinions about history and fate and explain how they relate to the relationship between the parents and children he has woven into his narrative. What might the symbolic meaning be of the fact that he and Mary cannot have a child of their own, and the only way for them to have something similar is for Mary to steal an infant and for Tom to claim Price as his son in the pub?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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