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 discover about the well?

2. What has Caleb been doing the next morning when Bethia encounters him?

3. Where is Master Corlett's school?

4. How does Bethia see what happens with the whale?

5. What happens to Caleb when Noah comes around?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bethia describe her life in Cambridge?

2. What frustrates Bethia about her life and choices available to her?

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

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

5. What does Caleb think of Bethia's name and how does he express his feelings about it?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Bethia describe Caleb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Caleb's Crossing? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Caleb's Crossing including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Caleb's Crossing and your own live to support your opinion.

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