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 does Bethia pretend when she is with her father?

2. Who comes to the Merry mill for help?

3. When does Bethia encounter some of Caleb's gods?

4. What has the sonquem asked of Mayfield?

5. Who is Bethia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bethia describe her life in Cambridge?

3. What is Bethia's father's dealings with the Wampanoag, and how does Bethia learn their language?

4. 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?

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

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

7. What does Noah show Bethia the next morning and what is her reaction?

8. What happens when a whale strands itself on the beach and how does Bethia feel about the situation?

9. What is Bethia listening to as she lies in her bed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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