Caleb's Crossing Test | Final 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 Samuel confess to Bethia?

2. What is one thing Bethia has to endure?

3. How do Samuel and Bethia manage to travel to Italy for his medical studies?

4. Who is nervous and frightened?

5. How does Bethia realize what Caleb is doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Caleb still disturbed about the situation with Anne and what does he do?

2. Why is Samuel's marriage proposal to Bethia interrupted, and what how does Bethia handle the situation.

3. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

4. Describe the argument Bethia and Makepeace become embroiled in one day at the memorial for their father.

5. What is Smauel Corlett like?

6. How has Makepeace arranged to buy Bethia out of her indenture?

7. Why has Noah Merry come to Cambridge and what news does he bring?

8. What does Bethia say about her marriage to Samuel and their trip to Italy?

9. How do Caleb and Joel do on their entrance exams?

10. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

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.

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