Sarum: The Novel of England Test | Final 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. What war is taking place?

2. In what year does "The Encampment" open?

3. What does the purchaser do with the site?

4. What is the name of the captured American boy?

5. What occupation does Adam want to pursue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What must Jane do before she can accomplish her goal to serve as a nurse?

2. What major conflict is taking place in England, and who are the opposing sides?

3. In "Journey From Sarum," what major changes have occurred for John and Robert Wilson?

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

5. Who is Bloody Mary, and how did she earn her name?

6. What enables Jane, unlike many women of the time, to avoid marriage and work toward her goals?

7. What path does Adam take to become a soldier?

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

9. What major religious event has occurred throughout England?

10. Why does Will go to the cathedral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the tone of the novel Sarum. Does the tone remain consistent throughout the novel, or does it change from chapter to chapter? What effect does the tone have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the narrator's use of language in the novel Sarum. Is the language elevated to the poetic or is it the everyday language of people of Sarum in their various times in history? Do you find it equally easy to understand characters' language regardless of their time in history?

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