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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the headmaster calls the students of the Holocaust Club?
2. What happens to Dick Crick when he hears the church bells ring?
3. Why does Mary tell Dick that she is pregnant with Freddie Parr's child?
4. What is the title Ernest Atkinson gives Dick in the letter?
5. What does Mary stare at all day at the mental hospital?
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
Graham Swift's novel Waterland features several important symbols that recur over and over again--the phlegm-like soil, the chest in the attic and the hidden key, pikes and eels, Coronation Ale, the empty bottle Tom finds in the river, the ruined windmill, and so on. Choose two of those symbols, trace in detail how they are used throughout the novel to point to something beyond themselves, and discuss how and why they are important to understanding some of the deeper truths the novel is trying to convey.
Essay Topic 3
A central tenet of Graham Swift's novel Waterland is that history has something circular about it. Using specifics from the novel, examine one example from the story that supports that idea. Explain the impact that circular nature of history has on how the novel unfolds. Analyze whether the narrator, Tom Crick, is projecting his own theory onto the story in this regard and why he might want to do so. Support your opinion with specific references from the book that show what sort of person Tom is and what his agenda might be.
This section contains 1,757 words
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