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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. Who does Bethia welcome herself?
2. Where does Samuel take Bethia the next day?
3. What is one thing Bethia has to endure?
4. What does Bethia urge Caleb to do about his anger concerning Anne?
5. About what is Makepeace jealous?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Smauel Corlett like?
2. What is the time frame when Chapter 1 of this section opens and why is Bethia writing again?
3. What does Bethia say about her marriage to Samuel and their trip to Italy?
4. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?
5. Why has Noah Merry come to Cambridge and what news does he bring?
6. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?
7. Describe a little about Anne's life.
8. Why do Caleb, Joel and Bethia believe they need to get Ann to the island?
9. Why does Bethia tell Caleb to stop calling her Storm Eyes?
10. What does Bethia say about Caleb and Joel regarding their studies?
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
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 3
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Geraldine Brooks.
2. What in Brooks's background may have helped her in writing Caleb's Crossing? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
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