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. What does the Londoner tell the other diners during the Bradfords' dinner party?

2. What is the main argument of the rector's sermon after the scene at the old mine?

3. What is the narrator's name?

4. Who is the rector walking with in the orchard?

5. Why is Mem on her way to the Hadfields when Anna goes to see her?

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

3. What happens to Maggie Cantwell? What question arises in Anna as she thinks of Maggie and her father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happened in Blackwell? What is Maggie Cantwell's condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about the argument to stay or leave the village when the plague strikes. In the scene in Colonel Bradford's house, where the Londoner and rector debate methods of dealing with the plague, who seems to be more passionate about his position? Does this passion help when the time comes to use it? Who do you agree with? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Think about the different ways the villagers stray from the rector's instruction to try to combat the plague. Cite at least three examples of the villager's use of magic or other extreme measures to try to protect their loved ones. Do you think these methods are harmful? More harmful than the rector's plan/ method? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Think about the difference between the Gowdie garden and Elinor's garden. Are Mem's and Anys's fates much different from Elinor's? How might these gardens affect their deaths? Think specifically about the reasons for these characters' deaths and each garden's instrumentality in the survival of the village.

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