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 question does Anna ask herself while sitting with Maggie?

2. Who is the mob beating near the old mine?

3. Who came back with Maggie when she returned to the village?

4. What does Anna do as she leaves the Daniel's house?

5. What condition is Maggie in when Anna leaves the tavern and sees her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Anna do at the Bradfords'? How does she unwittingly cause a stir?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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