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 does Samuel want Bethia to discontinue doing?

2. What is one question Caleb asks Bethia?

3. One is one adjective with which Bethia describes Samuel Corlett?

4. What does Bethia believe she feels for Caleb?

5. What does Makepeace believe about Solace?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Caleb's Crossing interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Caleb. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Bethia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Pastor Mayfield. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Caleb's Crossing is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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).

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