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 does Caleb sing?

2. Who arrives the day after Anne is ill?

3. Why do Samuel and Bethia return to Cambridge?

4. With whom does Caleb take his entrance exams?

5. What does Makepeace think Bethia feels about Caleb?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is surprising about Mayfield's will?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why are arrangements made for Joel to return to Cambridge before the others from the island?

9. Describe a little about Anne's life.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Caleb's Crossing is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The situation of Bethia agreeing to become an indentured servant is a narrative opportunity for the author to explore one of the work's key themes, the relationship between sin, redemption and rebirth. Bethia continually and repeatedly strives to redeem herself for what she sees as her sinful choices and feelings, but over the course of the narrative, seems less and less inclined to believe that what she actually has done is a sin.

1. Discuss the ways in which Bethia's belief about sin changes from when she is a girl to when she is an older woman. Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

2. Do you think that Bethia's need to redeem herself is a pathological response induced by a harsh religion? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

3. How do you think changing her views on sin might change Bethia's life? Use examples from your life and Caleb's Crossing to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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