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 is Elinor buried?

2. Who finishes the sermon for the rector?

3. How does Jane Martin's behavior change from the beginning of the novel?

4. What happened to Kate Talbot's husband?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's relationship with Lib Hancock. What telltale signs does the author show of their confidence in one another? How is that confidence broken? Is it ever truly mended? 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 all the tragic events Anna witnesses during the plague. Which of these, in your opinion, influenced her the most in forging her own life far away from the village and all the people she knows? Why? Explain in detail.

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