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's father say about Bethia learning too much?

2. About what is Bethia increasingly frustrated?

3. What does Noah do the next morning?

4. How does Bethia see Caleb at this time?

5. How does Caleb treat the book Bethia is reading?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bethia say about Caleb's progress with the English language?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Bethia describe Caleb?

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

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

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

10. What does Bethia's say is her current situation when this section opens and why is she going to continue writing?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Caleb's Crossing.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Caleb's Crossing. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Caleb's Crossing. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Caleb's Crossing and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Caleb's Crossing is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

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