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. Why is Bethia sad?

2. For what does Master Corlett's in Cambridge say they will allow Joel, Makepeace, and Caleb free attendance?

3. Who is Caleb and Joel's first tutor?

4. What is wrong with Anne?

5. What does Samuel do when Bethia walks away from him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Bethia relieved when they board a vesself for Cambridge, and how is her first day there?

2. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

4. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

5. What does Bethia do in order to help Caleb when he is dying?

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

7. What does Mayfield's will say about further schooling for Joel, Caleb and Makepeace and how does that affect Bethia?

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

9. What does Bethia say about Caleb and Joel regarding their studies?

10. What does Bethia say to Corlett about applying for a position at another school and what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Caleb's Crossing. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Brooks's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Brooks use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Bethia and Caleb. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Caleb and Joel. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Caleb's Crossing help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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