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 do Samuel and Bethia return to Cambridge?

2. Who is nervous and frightened?

3. Who does Bethia welcome herself?

4. What pain does Bethia believe waits for her?

5. How do Bethia's writings seem to her now?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are a couple things Bethia does during her first days at the school?

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

8. Describe a little about Anne's life.

9. Why are arrangements made for Joel to return to Cambridge before the others from the island?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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