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 king has been forced to flee?

2. Which side wins an important naval battle?

3. Who rejects Jane's initial application?

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

5. What major military campaign is approaching?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Will go to the cathedral?

3. Why does a visit from Canon Nicodemus result in Ralph staying at the doctor's house?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What other community services does Jane contribute to while she is earning her nursing credentials?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Religious conflicts as presented in the novel range from hunter-gatherers conflicting over worship of the sun god versus the moon god to sixteenth century English disagreeing over who should be head of the English church. Are there any religious conflicts that seem to be less about actual religious belief and more about politics?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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