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 surprises everyone when Mayfield's will is read?

2. Where does Samuel take Bethia the next day?

3. What tradition does Caleb refuse to obey?

4. What are the repercussions to Anne's miscarriage?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Smauel Corlett like?

3. Why does Bethia tell Caleb to stop calling her Storm Eyes?

4. What happens to Joel on his way to the mainland?

5. Describe a little about Anne's life.

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

7. What does Bethia say about the change in attitude towards Caleb and Joel by the other students?

8. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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