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. Where does Anna find Elizabeth Bradford?

2. What was the name of the boy who abandoned Elinor after convincing her to run away from home?

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

4. What color are Elinor and the rector wearing at the service?

5. Where is Faith when Anna comes to visit Aphra?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Anys carrying when she runs at the rector with the knife? How does this spur her to murder Elinor?

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

7. Why doesn't Anna use the letter of introduction the rector wrote for her? What danger lurks for her if she isn't careful?

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

9. 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?

10. Why does Aphra blame Anna for her husband's death? What does Anna notice about Aphra when they bury him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's adoration of her children. What does Aphra tell her about this? How are the tables turned later on in the book? Is Aphra's heart truly hardened, as Anna says? Be sure to use examples.

Essay Topic 2

Think about Anna's father, Josiah. What events in his life have taught him to be a cold, callous character? How does his treatment of Anna estrange him from her? Do you think he deserves mercy for his actions? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Anna and Elinor have a very close relationship in the novel, almost that of mother and daughter. Discuss the evolution of their relationship, and how Elinor fills a void in Anna's life, especially after the loss of her sons. Think of Anna's upbringing, her class, and job.

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