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 kind of transgression into evil does Bethia say she commits?

2. With whom is Bethia's father arguing?

3. Where is Solace found?

4. With what kind of influence are the arguers concerned the new guest will bring?

5. What does Bethia say was Satan's influence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Bethia say about the influence of Cambridge on Caleb?

4. What does Tequamuck do as Mayfield prepares to leave for England, and what do some believe is the result of Tequamuck's actions?

5. What does Bethia say about Caleb in this first section?

6. What does Bethia say about the situations in her family's life at this time?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why does Bethia work so hard on her chores?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Caleb's Crossing based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Caleb's Crossing is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Caleb's Crossing a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of The Maze, Bethia grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Caleb's Crossing might be considered a slice of Bethia's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that Caleb's Crossing is a "bildungsroman" of Bethia. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Bethia as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, older woman. What are the significant events that change Bethia?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Bethia's growth throughout Caleb's Crossing, do you think Caleb's Crossing could be considered Bethia's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Caleb's Crossing who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Caleb's Crossing is? Explain your response.

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