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

3. What is the condition of the Gordon cottage?

4. What makes Anna suspect that Elinor is sick?

5. Why won't Aphra let Anna keep Faith until she recovers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where does Anna end up at the end of the novel? What does she choose as her life's work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's questioning of her faith throughout the novel. What events cause her to question the only faith she has ever known? What specific questions are posed in her at times? Do you think this is why she leaves the village? Be sure to write in detail.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Think about the argument to stay or leave the village when the plague strikes. In the scene in Colonel Bradford's house, where the Londoner and rector debate methods of dealing with the plague, who seems to be more passionate about his position? Does this passion help when the time comes to use it? Who do you agree with? Why?

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