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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mr. Viccars give to Anna?
(a) A dress he made for her.
(b) A toy for Jamie.
(c) A book.
(d) A loaf of bread.

2. Why does the name of the rector's horse cause a stir in the village?
(a) Because rectors should not have horses.
(b) Because the do not believe in naming horses.
(c) Because it is the name of a pagan idol.
(d) Because it means something bad.

3. What were Edward and Jamie playing with in the wood pile?
(a) Dead rats.
(b) Snakes.
(c) Rotten wood.
(d) Caterpillars.

4. Who is very vocal about their doubts as to the rector's plan?
(a) Anys Gowdie.
(b) Mary Harding.
(c) Anna's father and stepmother.
(d) Elinor Mompellion.

5. Who does Colonel Bradford insult during this interaction with the rector?
(a) Anna and her sons.
(b) Rector Mompellion and his wife.
(c) Maggie Cantwell.
(d) Anys and Mem Gowdie.

Short Answer Questions

1. What evidence does Mary Hadfield have to accuse the victim of witchcraft?

2. Who came back with Maggie when she returned to the village?

3. Who is Thomas Stanley?

4. What is the rector's attitude as he begins his sermon after the scene at the old mine?

5. What does Elinor do when Anna agrees to go along with the rector's plan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Anna surprised when the rector comes upon her in the field? How does the rector react to this?

2. Who is dragged to the bonfire accused of being the "ghost" of Anys Gowdie and selling the villagers spells and advice? What do they want done to her for this deception?

3. How does the rector react to Elinor and Anna's actions? What is odd about his reaction when he first sees them?

4. Where is Aphra kept overnight? What effect does this have on her? On the villagers?

5. What is the condition of the rector in the beginning of the novel?

6. What do the children find in the woodpile? How is this dangerous?

7. What do the rector and Elinor have their only disagreement over? How is Elinor's reaction significant?

8. Why doesn't Anna use the letter of introduction the rector wrote for her? What danger lurks for her if she isn't careful?

9. What does Elinor say when she is delirious? What might this mean? Why does the rector excuse Anna so curtly?

10. Where does Anna end up at the end of the novel? What does she choose as her life's work?

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