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 is Peter Wilson's occupation?

2. Whom does Nellie marry?

3. Who moves to the Godefroi estate?

4. What historically significant event is in progress at the beginning of the chapter?

5. In what year does "The Calm" open?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What sort of political trouble is brewing at the opening of the chapter?

4. How is Stonehenge at one time private property and later property of the British government?

5. How does Obidiah betray his sister?

6. What fortuitous event leads to Adam's marriage and relocation to America?

7. How does Godefroi go about trying to improve his family's financial situation?

8. How does Ralph lose his position at the school?

9. Despite participating in wars in other parts of the world, why is the time period covered in the chapter "The Calm" considered a time of peace for most English people?

10. How is the Shockley family affected by the political crisis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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