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

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

3. What does Elinor say when she is delirious?

4. What punishment does Aphra receive from the villagers?

5. What does Mompellion do after Elinor's death that is unusual?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the different ways the villagers stray from the rector's instruction to try to combat the plague. Cite at least three examples of the villager's use of magic or other extreme measures to try to protect their loved ones. Do you think these methods are harmful? More harmful than the rector's plan/ method? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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