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. Who eventually becomes Caleb and Joel's tutor?

2. What does Makepeace believe about Solace?

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

4. Why does Bethia take on a position as housekeeper in another college?

5. What does Caleb sing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Caleb, Joel and Bethia believe they need to get Ann to the island?

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

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

4. What is the time frame when Chapter 1 of this section opens and why is Bethia writing again?

5. What is Smauel Corlett like?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Caleb's Crossing is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Caleb's actions in Chapter 7 can clearly be seen as an important component of his overall journey and intention - to be as fully native a man as he can within the context of being as fully Christian a man as he can. The former is his identity, the latter is the filter through which that identity can function to the benefit of his people. In other words, Caleb's choices and his reactions to those choices are clear manifestations of the work's thematic interest in the struggles faced by individuals to define individual identity; in particular, finding the balance between what internal drives dictate and what external circumstances demand.

1. Discuss, in depth, the conflict between Caleb's native culture and the Christian religion. Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

2. How do you think Caleb's choices and his reactions portrays the them of identity? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

3. Do you think the balance between internal drives and external circumstances is universal to the human race? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

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