Year of Wonders Test | Final 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 new plan does the rector want the townspeople to undertake?

2. What does Anna see when she wakes up and goes outside after her substance-induced sleep?

3. What does Anna's father do to Christopher Unwin during the night?

4. Why does Anna throw Elinor and Michael's plates against the wall?

5. Where is Faith when Anna comes to visit Aphra?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Aphra kept overnight? What effect does this have on her? On the villagers?

2. What child do Anna and Elinor help? What do they do to help this child?

3. Why is Anna so angry with the Mowbrays? Who has influenced them to do these actions?

4. Why is Anna repulsed by the rector? How do you think this contributes to the choice of her final destination in the novel?

5. Who does Anna see as she is trying to get water from her well? What new endeavor has he begun?

6. Why is the rector summoned to Christopher Unwin's house? Why does Anna see Christopher again later, bloody and naked?

7. Why is Anna crying in the kitchen? How is it therapeutic for her to tell Elinor her feeling about her father?

8. Why doesn't Anna use the letter of introduction the rector wrote for her? What danger lurks for her if she isn't careful?

9. What makes Anna even angrier as she leaves the Mowbrays'? What conclusion does she consider as a result of this?

10. How does the rector react to Elinor and Anna's actions? What is odd about his reaction when he first sees them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's father, Josiah. What events in his life have taught him to be a cold, callous character? How does his treatment of Anna estrange him from her? Do you think he deserves mercy for his actions? 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 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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