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. At what point in time does "The Henge" open?

2. When is Osmund admitted to the mason guild?

3. What is the name of the Judean slave with whom Porteus has an affair?

4. The summer of 1139 began a time of political trouble known as ____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are so many young women sacrificed while Krona grieves over the loss of his wife and child?

4. Why must the King of France settle a dispute in England?

5. Why does Dluc tell Krona that they must sacrifice Krona's firstborn?

6. Why is Godric hanged even after his uncle pays a bribe?

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

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

9. Why do the people of Sarum hold Tosutigus in low regard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel Sarum presents several themes. Pick one of the ongoing themes of the novel and discuss how it is portrayed throughout the story.

Essay Topic 2

Religious conflicts as presented in the novel range from hunter-gatherers conflicting over worship of the sun god versus the moon god to sixteenth century English disagreeing over who should be head of the English church. Are there any religious conflicts that seem to be less about actual religious belief and more about politics?

Essay Topic 3

Briefly explain the most significant political upheavals mentioned in the chapter "New World."

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