Sarum: The Novel of England Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does Patricia meet the American pilot?

2. To whom is Porteus married?

3. What is the name of the prostitute Fleming meets?

4. Which side of the civil war does Edmund choose?

5. Who gives Jane shelter during a thunderstorm?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Despite success in their business deal, what sort of scandal erupts from Edward bringing Fleming to England?

6. What major religious event has occurred throughout England?

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

8. How do Adam and Patricia meet? What is their initial fascination with each other? What ultimately happens in the relationship?

9. Even though she is neutral in the matter of king versus Parliament, how does Margaret come to lead a defense force?

10. How does Obidiah betray his sister?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the setting of the novel Sarum both in terms of geography and moment in history. How crucial is the setting to the story? Could the story presented by the novel have taken place at any other location or time?

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