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 Kate Talbot resort to in her desperation after seeing her husband's affliction?

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

3. Why do the rector and Josiah get into a fight outside Unwin's house?

4. What do Anna and the rector do that Anna is ashamed of?

5. Who comes to Anna's cottage looking for Anna's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Anna repulsed by the rector? How do you think this contributes to the choice of her final destination in the novel?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Consider the roles that Anna and Elinor fill for the rector. Then consider these two characters and their similarities and differences. How is Anna's role with the rector different from Elinor's? Does Anna betray Elinor after Elinor is dead? Why? Why does Anna decide to forge her own path instead of going to Elinor's father's house for safety?

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