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. Why is the rector constantly tired?

2. What is the name of Anna and Mompellion's child?

3. Whom does Anna think she sees when she tries to light a fire in the cottage?

4. What was Anna happy about when she went to sleep after going into the mine?

5. What does Anna try to do for the rector but is unable?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Anna end up at the end of the novel? What does she choose as her life's work?

2. 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?

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

6. What color do the rector and Elinor wear to the Thanksgiving ceremony? What might this symbolize?

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

8. Whom does Anna ask for help with digging the graves? Why won't he help?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Anna's questioning of her faith throughout the novel. What events cause her to question the only faith she has ever known? What specific questions are posed in her at times? Do you think this is why she leaves the village? Be sure to write in detail.

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

Think about the argument to stay or leave the village when the plague strikes. In the scene in Colonel Bradford's house, where the Londoner and rector debate methods of dealing with the plague, who seems to be more passionate about his position? Does this passion help when the time comes to use it? Who do you agree with? Why?

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