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. Who arrives to fight Petrus and the German mercenaries?

2. Who threatens to punish the women if they disturb the peace again?

3. The residents of Sarum fear an invasion by whom?

4. In what year does "The Two Rivers" open?

5. How does Krona's bride die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Will go to the cathedral?

2. What does Adam compare Salisbury to, and how does this differ from the English view of the town?

3. What is the most noticeable event happening in "The Encampment"?

4. How do many English people feel about the American soldiers?

5. How do labor troubles lead to many convicts from Sarum being sent to Australia?

6. What sort of religious duplicity does Edward Shockley enact?

7. Ultimately, what effect do Jane's efforts have on Jethro Wilson and his children?

8. How did Peter Wilson go from being a smuggler to a sailor in the British Navy?

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

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

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

The chapter covering the mid to late sixteenth century is titled "New World." Why does the chapter have this title, and how is this a fitting title?

Essay Topic 3

Covering thousands of years, the novel mentions many specific historical events. Does the huge scope of the novel in terms of centuries and millennia make the human enacted events such as wars seem more or less significant?

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