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 does the armed woman have in her arms at the Thanksgiving service?

2. What disappointing decision does the rector tell the church members during his sermon that he delivers while exhausted?

3. Who comes running toward the group in the middle of the Thanksgiving service?

4. Why will Anna not testify for her father in court?

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

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

4. Why does Anna take Anteros for a ride? What do you think this symbolizes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's role in the rectory. Do you think she was just a servant? Why? Do you think her role as a leader evolves greatly throughout the novel? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Think about the rector's internal struggle. After Elinor's death, he no longer believes in God, and denounces all his actions leading up to his relationship with Anna. Do you think he regrets his treatment of Elinor? If so, does Anna have good reason to be repulsed by him? If he vows that he is a changed man, that he has shed all of his papal learning, should Anna still judge him for his previous acts? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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