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. Who turns out to be Ernest's other child?

2. Where does Tom Crick take Price to talk about Tom's forced retirement?

3. What is NOT a function of phlegm that Tom mentions in chapter 51?

4. What to Tom and Mary ask Martha to help them with?

5. What is the question Price asks Tom during their evening spent together that shakes Tom most deeply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Graham Swift's novel Waterland features four strong women characters--Sarah Atkinson, Helen Atkinson Crick, Mary Metcalf Crick, and Martha Clay. However, all of them appear to struggle with serious psychological disorders or some form of madness. What are those disorders for each of them? What appear to be their causes? How do their disorders impact the story? What is the supernatural aspect that interacts with the madness of each of them? Finally, analyze what Swift may be trying to express about the nature of women portraying all the major female characters in Waterland in this way.

Essay Topic 3

In Graham Swift's novel Waterland, the narrator Tom Crick is a history teacher. He frequently interrupts his lessons to talk to his students about the meaning of history. At one point, he claims that history primarily teaches about human nature by teaching about humanity's mistakes. Using specific examples from the novel, examine how Tom supports that theory with the stories he tells. Recount at least two such mistakes from the novel and explore their implications. Analyze whether Tom successfully makes his case. If so, what is it about human nature that he is trying to show?

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