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

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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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Caleb's Crossing. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of culture and religion in Caleb's Crossing. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be able to meld their culture and their religion? What about how religion influences culture?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in Caleb's Crossing. What types of deaths besides physical are portrayed in Caleb's Crossing? How does death change the lives of the characters, especially Bethia?

4. Trace and analyze the theme of sin and redemption in Caleb's Crossing. Who believes sin is real? Who does not? How does sin in a character's beliefs coincide with guilt? What characters considers herself/himself sinful?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Caleb's Crossing is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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