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 Caleb tell Bethia when her father and Makepeace go out to wash their hands?

2. How does Bethia explain knowing Wampanoag?

3. What does Bethia pretend when she is with her father?

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

5. When does Bethia expect punishment for her sins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Bethia returns to where the Wampanoag are dancing?

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

9. How does Bethia feel about Solace?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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