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 is Anna's father sentenced to?

2. Where does the rector hold his services now that the church is closed?

3. What is the condition of the Gordon cottage?

4. What makes Anna suspect that Elinor is sick?

5. Who comes to Anna's cottage looking for Anna's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Elinor say when she is delirious? What might this mean? Why does the rector excuse Anna so curtly?

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

5. What does Anna take to help her sleep? How does it work? How is it dangerous?

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

7. What image of Elinor's death does the author convey? What might this symbolize or show about Anna's view of Elinor?

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

9. Why do the rector and Anna visit her father? Does anything come from this visit? Explain.

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

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

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 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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