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 "The Death" open?

2. Agnes Mason blames what for the spread of the plague?

3. Where were Krona's sons killed?

4. The Wilsons allow whom to work the land?

5. Why must Tep leave the camp after three years?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does William Shockley get news about situations in places far from home?

8. What religious secret does Petrus conceal?

9. What is the source of the disagreement between Petrus and his father early in the chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of the novel Sarum might be thought of as "life goes on." Is this always the case in human history, or is there the possibility of annihilation of a people or culture? Examine the threats faced by the people of Sarum and present an argument explaining how one of those threats was the most dangerous the people faced. Which one had the greatest potential to destroy the people of Sarum or their way of life?

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

List and describe the main religious conflicts mentioned over the course of the novel. Include the approximate years in which the conflicts occurred, the opposing sides, and the outcome of the conflict.

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