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 seems strange to Bethia about the tension between Makepeace and his father?

2. Why does Bethia feel responsible for her mother's death?

3. Why is Bethia at Master Corlett's school?

4. What does Caleb call Bethia in private?

5. What does Tequamuck do with a gourd?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bethia come to believe she needs to watch her father preach?

2. What happens that evening after Caleb ends his friendship with Bethia that makes Bethia believe she contributes to her mother's death?

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

4. How does Caleb explain his early morning greeting to the sun god?

5. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

6. What does Caleb place in Solace's casket?

7. What are a couple things Bethia does during her first days at the school?

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

9. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

10. What does Bethia do that she attributes to Satan's influence and what are the consequences?

Essay Topics

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Caleb's Crossing. Questions that Brooks most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Brooks' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Brooks' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Brooks and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Caleb's Crossing.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Caleb's Crossing. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Caleb's Crossing. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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