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 the condition of Anna's father when they find him?

2. Why is Anna crying in the rectory kitchen?

3. Why do Anna and Elinor go down into the Wickford mine?

4. What predicament was Elinor in after her lover abandoned her?

5. Where does Anna find Elizabeth Bradford?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is dragged to the bonfire accused of being the "ghost" of Anys Gowdie and selling the villagers spells and advice? What do they want done to her for this deception?

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

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

4. What is revealed about Elinor's past? What is Anna's reaction?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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