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 comes to rescue the first accused witch?

2. Who does Anna talk with on her way to the Bradfords?

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

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

5. What did Sam do when he found out how Anna's father had treated her as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Edward Cooper? What soon befalls Anna's child? How does this effect Anna?

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

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

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

7. What does Anna do to try to stop the crowd during the witch frenzy? Is this effective?

8. What confrontation ensues at the Bradford household after Mompellion's sermon? Is anything resolved?

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

10. Why does Anna go to Mary's house? How does Mary and Anna's job differ from that of Alexander's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the roles that Anna and Elinor fill for the rector. Then consider these two characters and their similarities and differences. How is Anna's role with the rector different from Elinor's? Does Anna betray Elinor after Elinor is dead? Why? Why does Anna decide to forge her own path instead of going to Elinor's father's house for safety?

Essay Topic 2

Think about Anna's role in the rectory. Do you think she was just a servant? Why? Do you think her role as a leader evolves greatly throughout the novel? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Think about the rector's internal struggle. After Elinor's death, he no longer believes in God, and denounces all his actions leading up to his relationship with Anna. Do you think he regrets his treatment of Elinor? If so, does Anna have good reason to be repulsed by him? If he vows that he is a changed man, that he has shed all of his papal learning, should Anna still judge him for his previous acts? Why?

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