Year of Wonders Test | Final Test - Hard

Geraldine Brooks
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What service does Anna's father start up?

2. What new plan does the rector want the townspeople to undertake?

3. What does Elinor say when she is delirious?

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

5. What is the reaction of the other miners when Elinor and Anna go to the miner's tavern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Think about the difference between the Gowdie garden and Elinor's garden. Are Mem's and Anys's fates much different from Elinor's? How might these gardens affect their deaths? Think specifically about the reasons for these characters' deaths and each garden's instrumentality in the survival of the village.

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