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. Under what charge is Anna's father brought to trial?

2. What did the Mowbrays do to their infant to protect it from the plague?

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

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

5. What does John Gordon begin to do to try to ward off the plague?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What plan does the rector come up with to save the village? What is the reason for this action?

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

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

10. What path has John Gordon taken? How does he meet his end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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