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 name of Anna and Mompellion's child?

2. After Elinor tells Anna her secret, what do they spend the day doing?

3. Who is the armed woman screaming at when she comes to the Thanksgiving service?

4. Who is dragged to the meeting at the Delf dressed in black?

5. Why is the rector constantly tired?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. How does the rector react to Elinor and Anna's actions? What is odd about his reaction when he first sees them?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Think about the similarities and differences between Sam Frith and George Viccars. What needs would/did both fulfill for Anna? Who, in your opinion, would be better for Anna? Do either of these characters live up to the image of the rector that Anna has? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Consider John Gordon's fate in the novel. What measures does he take to protect himself against the plague? Did Urith believe the same as he did? How does she show this? Do you think their situation influenced Anna in some way? Why? Make sure to use specific examples in your answer.

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