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. How many generations have passed since Krona the Warrior and the current Krona?

2. The Anglo Saxons are fighting an invasion by whom?

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

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

5. Why is Godefroi hesitant to travel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the practice of tomb building begin in the region of Stonehenge?

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

10. What religious secret does Petrus conceal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Of the few women that demonstrated an unusual amount of will and assertiveness, choose one and construct an argument stating that this specific character demonstrated the most bravery in the face of both public and private pressures.

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