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. In what year does "Twilight" open?

2. What two tribes revolt against the Romans in 60 A.D.?

3. Hwll and his family reach the estuary of what river?

4. Who brings a bride for Krona?

5. Martin Shockley becomes a follower of whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the practice of farming come to England?

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

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

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

7. Why do both church and state government need each other at this time?

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

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

10. Why does Port announce that he will give a gold cross to the nunnery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some of the author's portrayal of English life is based on documented historical fact, and other parts are based on theories and conjecture. Which parts of the novel do you believe are based on "best guesses"? Do you find these portions of the novel any less entertaining than the parts that are closely based on historical fact?

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

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?

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