Caleb's Crossing Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of Bethia's new sister?

2. How does Caleb treat the book Bethia is reading?

3. Who does Bethia believe will care for Solace?

4. What does Bethia's father say about Bethia learning too much?

5. Who comes to the Merry mill for help?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the effect of Bethia's father's preaching on the Wampanoag.

2. What are Bethia's father's plans for Caleb?

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

4. What does Bethia say about her two brothers and what her father says about females?

5. How does Mayfield act in the aftermath of Solace's death?

6. What does Bethia say is the reason for the tension between her father and Makepeace, and why is it strange that they are upset with each other?

7. What does Bethia's say is her current situation when this section opens and why is she going to continue writing?

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

9. Who establishes the colony where Bethia lives and whom does Bethia feel has been wronged?

10. What does Bethia's father say about the sonquem when Mayfield returns to the Merry home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Caleb's Crossing, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Caleb's Crossing. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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