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

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

3. What group is called heretical because of their belief in free will?

4. Where is the new cathedral being built?

5. Whom does Alicia marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What religious secret does Petrus conceal?

5. Why does Petrus's father have Petrus imprisoned?

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

7. What sort of economic arrangement do the farmers and hunters make concerning pelts?

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

9. Why does Nicholas live in the city instead of with his Aunt Agnes at the sheep house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is an important literary tool. Examine the text for instances of foreshadowing. If instances are present, how do they impact the plot? If there are no instances of foreshadowing, a rare occurrence in a novel, how does the absence of foreshadowing affect the reader's reception of the story?

Essay Topic 3

The chapter beginning in the year 1244 is titled "The Foundling." Why does the chapter have this title, and how is this a fitting title?

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