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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 Tequamuck do with a gourd?
2. What does Bethia and the rest of the family do?
3. Who does Bethia believe will care for Solace?
4. When did Bethia's mother die?
5. What does Caleb call Bethia?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Bethia feel about Solace?
2. What does Bethia's say is her current situation when this section opens and why is she going to continue writing?
3. What is Bethia's hope about the time Mayfield will use in converting the native Indians?
4. How does the first attempt at the conversion of the sonquem go and what changes that?
5. What does Bethia say about Caleb's progress with the English language?
6. Where is Bethia sent and what are the aftereffects of her drinking out of the gourd?
7. What does Bethia's father say about the sonquem when Mayfield returns to the Merry home?
8. What does Bethia say about the situations in her family's life at this time?
9. Why does Caleb say he and Bethia can no longer be friends?
10. What happens to Bethia's sister Solace?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Caleb's Crossing. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the metaphors she does?
3. Discuss Brooks's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Brooks use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
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