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 is triggered by the inlaid box in Bethia's possession?

2. About what is Makepeace jealous?

3. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

4. With whom does Caleb take his entrance exams?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

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

5. Describe a little about Anne's life.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Caleb's Crossing? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Caleb's Crossing including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Caleb's Crossing and your own live to support your opinion.

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