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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 do Bethia and Makepeace do every day?
2. What does Makepeace threaten to tell their grandfather?
3. What does Makepeace say he has arranged with the Merry family?
4. Who arrives the day after Anne is ill?
5. Who dies unexpectedly?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bethia tell Caleb to stop calling her Storm Eyes?
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. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?
5. What does Bethia do in order to help Caleb when he is dying?
6. Why are arrangements made for Joel to return to Cambridge before the others from the island?
7. Why is Caleb still disturbed about the situation with Anne and what does he do?
8. Describe a little about Anne's life.
9. Why do Caleb, Joel and Bethia believe they need to get Ann to the island?
10. How does Bethia help Caleb die with peace and dignity?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Caleb's actions in Chapter 7 can clearly be seen as an important component of his overall journey and intention - to be as fully native a man as he can within the context of being as fully Christian a man as he can. The former is his identity, the latter is the filter through which that identity can function to the benefit of his people. In other words, Caleb's choices and his reactions to those choices are clear manifestations of the work's thematic interest in the struggles faced by individuals to define individual identity; in particular, finding the balance between what internal drives dictate and what external circumstances demand.
1. Discuss, in depth, the conflict between Caleb's native culture and the Christian religion. Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.
2. How do you think Caleb's choices and his reactions portrays the them of identity? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.
3. Do you think the balance between internal drives and external circumstances is universal to the human race? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
There are a number of interesting questions raised by Caleb's Crossing. Questions that Brooks most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Brooks' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Brooks' probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Brooks and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
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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