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 Bethia choose not to fear?

2. Why do Samuel and Bethia return to Cambridge?

3. What is Samuel to do at the school endowed by John Harvard?

4. About what is Caleb troubled?

5. What does Bethia realize about Caleb as they are riding back to the white settlement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Smauel Corlett like?

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

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

10. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Caleb's Crossing, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Caleb's Crossing. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Caleb's Crossing and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Caleb's Crossing is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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