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 did Anna and her friends call Anys when they were children?

2. Who does Colonel Bradford insult during this interaction with the rector?

3. Why does the name of the rector's horse cause a stir in the village?

4. Why does Maggie Cantwell come for Anna's help?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What childhood memories are brought up to Anna as she helps Mary? How does this affect her?

7. What is revealed about Anna's relationship with her father? How does Sam figure into this?

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

9. What does the rector say the plague-stricken villagers should do? How does this differ from the rest of the group?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Think about Anna's questioning of her faith throughout the novel. What events cause her to question the only faith she has ever known? What specific questions are posed in her at times? Do you think this is why she leaves the village? Be sure to write in detail.

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