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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. Why doesn't any of the murderous mob get prosecuted for their actions?
(a) The justice of the peace will not come near a village with witches in it.
(b) The justice of the peace will not come to the village for fear of the plague.
(c) There is no one to prosecute; they have all died of the plague.
(d) The justice of the peace has the plague as well.

2. What is the crowd told to do after they realize what they've done?
(a) Pray that God will protect them from more witches.
(b) Pray that God will forgive their actions.
(c) Burn the witch.
(d) Flee the village.

3. Who acknowledges Anna's presence and offers their condolences at the Bradfords' dinner party?
(a) Mrs. Mompellion.
(b) Colonel Bradford.
(c) The Londoner.
(d) The rector.

4. Who does Anys live with?
(a) Her brother.
(b) Her aunt.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her husband.

5. Who is Tom?
(a) Anna's father.
(b) Anna's baby.
(c) Anna's brother.
(d) Anna's husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Anna embarrassed to see the rector when she is in the meadow with her children?

2. Who comes to Anna's door looking for lodging?

3. Who says, "We all begin as naked children, playing in the mud"?

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

5. Why doesn't Anna scold the stable boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Anna ashamed of in her relationship with Anys? How has this changed?

2. What do the Bradfords do after the sermon in the Chapter, "Venom in the Blood"? How is this related to class?

3. What is the rector's religious explanation for the plague?

4. Who comes to visit the rector in the beginning of the novel? What does he/she want?

5. What is the rector's plan for the village? Describe it in as much detail as possible.

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

7. How does Anna treat the visitor for the rector, who comes to the door? Why is this unusual?

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

9. Why is Anna repulsed by the rector? How do you think this contributes to the choice of her final destination in the novel?

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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