Year of Wonders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Geraldine Brooks
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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. Who does Anys live with?

2. What does Mr. Viccars give to Anna?

3. What do Anna and her children find in the field?

4. What is different about the young Martin girl?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anna do to try to console the rector? How does he respond?

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

3. Who becomes a lodger at Anna's house? What is his trade?

4. What is Mem's condition after the incident with the crowd? Who takes care of her?

5. Who tries to help Anna as she takes care of Jamie? What does each of these acts show?

6. Who comes and stops the crowd during the witch frenzy? How is he/she able to shame them into repentance?

7. Why does Maggie come to Anna for help? Where does Maggie draw the line in accepting aid from Anna?

8. What defense does Anys employ when being accused of witchcraft? Why do you think she does this?

9. What does George tell Anna to do with his possessions? Why do you think he tells her this?

10. How is Mr. Viccars different from Sam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's decision to use fire in Merry's Wickford's family mine. Do you think this was an intelligent decision? What might cause Anna to risk her life so readily? What does she see as she starts to lose consciousness? Do you think perhaps Anna was looking forward to death? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Consider Anys Gowdie as a character. What role does she fulfill in the novel? How is she different from the rest of the characters in the book? From the time she was a child, how has she fought the villagers on their ostracism and humiliation of her? How does her status as a "fighter" set her apart from the other villagers? Who takes up her example? Be sure to use detail.

Essay Topic 3

Think about the similarities and differences between Sam Frith and George Viccars. What needs would/did both fulfill for Anna? Who, in your opinion, would be better for Anna? Do either of these characters live up to the image of the rector that Anna has? Why?

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