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. Why does Bethia go back to the island?

2. How does Bethia describe the proprietor of the school?

3. Where does Samuel take Bethia the next day?

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

5. What does Bethia say about Caleb at commencement?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

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

3. How does Bethia help Caleb die with peace and dignity?

4. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

6. What is Smauel Corlett like?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Caleb's Crossing based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Caleb's Crossing is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Caleb's Crossing a successful novel? What about young teens?

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

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.

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