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

Geraldine Brooks
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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

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

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Bethia and Caleb. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Caleb and Joel. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Caleb's Crossing help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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