Caleb's Crossing Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Geraldine Brooks
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where had Bethia gone to do in the story she is telling?

2. What does Bethia believe about her mother's death?

3. Why is Bethia angry after what Noah says?

4. Why does Bethia say she is so tired in Chapter 11?

5. Why does Bethia not know what will happen to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bethia say to Corlett about applying for a position at another school and what is his response?

2. What does Bethia do in order to help Caleb when he is dying?

3. How does Bethia describe her life in Cambridge?

4. When and how does Bethia's father introduce Caleb to the White settlement?

5. Why is Bethia relieved when they board a vesself for Cambridge, and how is her first day there?

6. What happens to Bethia's sister Solace?

7. Why does Caleb say he and Bethia can no longer be friends?

8. Where is Bethia sent and what are the aftereffects of her drinking out of the gourd?

9. Describe the argument Bethia and Makepeace become embroiled in one day at the memorial for their father.

10. What does Tequamuck do as Mayfield prepares to leave for England, and what do some believe is the result of Tequamuck's actions?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Caleb's Crossing help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Caleb's Crossing? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Caleb's Crossing to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Caleb's Crossing belongs to the historical novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the historical novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a historical novel and a fantasy?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Caleb's Crossing and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Caleb's Crossing is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

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