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. The king raises taxes on whom?

2. From where does William atte Brigge sell his goods?

3. Where do Ulla and her children live after Tep's death?

4. The Wilsons allow whom to work the land?

5. Where does Nicholas go after leaving the sheep house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What connection does the carved figure Nooma finds have to the past?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. After the plague, why do wages rise so high?

9. Why does Godefroi ask John of Shockley to take his wife and children away?

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

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

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

Pick one of the major themes of the novel Sarum and build an argument stating that one specific theme was the most powerful force in shaping lives over the course of the centuries.

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