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 strange about Christopher Unwin's condition?

2. What does the presence of the cockerel mean to Anna?

3. What does Anna notice about the will that the rector drew up for Jakob Merrill?

4. What does Elinor say when she is delirious?

5. What does Anna take from the Hadfields to help her sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where is Aphra kept overnight? What effect does this have on her? On the villagers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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