Caleb's Crossing Short Essay - Answer Key

Geraldine Brooks
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1. What is Bethia listening to as she lies in her bed?

Bethia lies awake in her attic bed and listens to her father and her brother Makepeace argue over whether she should be exposed to the near-pagan influence of the young man coming to live with them, a native given the Christian name of Caleb.

2. What does Bethia say about the situations in her family's life at this time?

Bethia describes the family's situation in an isolated home. It is a difficult life in a family with a recently dead mother whom, the teenaged Bethia adds, was killed as the result of her (Bethia's) Eve-like transgression into evil. Bethia describes her love for the island where she and her family live and reveals that she is writing down the events of the past few months in order to understand them better.

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