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. Whom does Anne marry?

2. What does Bethia say about Caleb at commencement?

3. For whom does Bethia watch as the boat sets out for Cambridge?

4. What does Bethia believe she feels for Caleb?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Smauel Corlett like?

3. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

6. Describe a little about Anne's life.

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

8. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Caleb's Crossing help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Caleb's Crossing? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Caleb's Crossing to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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

Caleb's Crossing belongs to the historical novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the historical novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a historical novel and a fantasy?

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