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 dangerous method does Anna use in the mine?

2. What sad marker does the town come upon in June?

3. Who is dragged to the meeting at the Delf dressed in black?

4. Where does Anna go to find more sleep aid?

5. What is Aphra doing when Anna comes to check on her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What color do the rector and Elinor wear to the Thanksgiving ceremony? What might this symbolize?

2. Why does Anna take Anteros for a ride? What do you think this symbolizes?

3. Why is the rector exhausted during the chapter "Among Those that Go Down to the Pit"? What happens during his sermon?

4. What do the rector and Elinor have their only disagreement over? How is Elinor's reaction significant?

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

6. Where does Anna hope she will find relief? How does her knowledge of herbs comfort her?

7. What do Anna and Elinor do at the Gowdie cottage?

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

9. Whom does Anna ask for help with digging the graves? Why won't he help?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's adoration of her children. What does Aphra tell her about this? How are the tables turned later on in the book? Is Aphra's heart truly hardened, as Anna says? Be sure to use examples.

Essay Topic 2

Think about Anna's decision to use fire in Merry's Wickford's family mine. Do you think this was an intelligent decision? What might cause Anna to risk her life so readily? What does she see as she starts to lose consciousness? Do you think perhaps Anna was looking forward to death? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Think about Elinor's past. Why do you think she tells Anna about this? What does the rector do to punish Elinor for these past transgressions? Does he regret it later? Why? How does Anna react to all of this?

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