Sarum: The Novel of England Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edward Rutherfurd
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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 do the Romans call the area of Sarum?

2. Whose camp do Hwll and his family encounter?

3. Who disobeys Agnes Mason's orders?

4. In what year does "The Foundling" open?

5. Where is Caius Porteus sent after he protests the policy of destroying villages?

Short Essay Questions

1. What connection do rats and fleas have to the Black Death?

2. Why is Caius Porteus labeled a traitor and sent to Sorviodunum?

3. What sort of religious compromise do the farmers and hunters reach?

4. Why does the marriage between Porteus and Tosutigus's daughter fail?

5. How does the king raising taxes on Jews affect Godefroi and Shockley's loan?

6. What are some examples of quarrels between women disturbing the peace.

7. How did the political troubles between the king and the knights begin?

8. How does Osmund's admission to the mason guild not go as planned.

9. How does the river play a part in the beginning of the affair between Katesh and Tark?

10. What does Tosutigus expect from surrendering to the Romans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the course of the novel various female characters represent the role of women in their respective times. Some of these characters are assertive individuals at a time when that was uncommon for women. Which female characters demonstrated unusual freedom?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the structure of the novel Sarum. Is the plot progression chronological and linear, or does the presentation of the story move forward and backward in time? Are the individual chapters told in chronological order, or within single chapters are there ever instances of non-linear progression, such as flashbacks? How does the structure of the novel Sarum affect the overall story?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is an important literary tool. Examine the text for instances of foreshadowing. If instances are present, how do they impact the plot? If there are no instances of foreshadowing, a rare occurrence in a novel, how does the absence of foreshadowing affect the reader's reception of the story?

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