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

2. About what is Caleb troubled?

3. What does Caleb sing?

4. Why do Samuel and Bethia return to Cambridge?

5. What does Bethia decide Anne must do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Samuel confess to Bethia?

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

3. What does Bethia do in order to help Caleb when he is dying?

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

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

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

7. How has Makepeace arranged to buy Bethia out of her indenture?

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

9. What does Mayfield's will say about further schooling for Joel, Caleb and Makepeace and how does that affect Bethia?

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

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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Caleb's Crossing. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Brooks chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Brooks's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Brooks use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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