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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 Crispin go into a village?

2. What does the man do to earn a living?

3. How does Bear feel about the laws in the country about animals?

4. What is Crispin's reaction to learning what Bear is teaching?

5. Why is the man going to his next destination?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bear and Crispin see in the distance, and what is at the bridge?

2. What does Quinel give the boy, and what does he tell him about the boy's situation?

3. What does Bear push Crispin to do and how does Crispin feel about his success?

4. What does the boy hear when he wakes?

5. How is the boy in the first chapter known in his village, what happens to his mother and who helps him with her?

6. Who spots the boy in the forest and what do they do?

7. What does Crispin do when he sees a group of men waiting for him?

8. Who meets the boy and the man helping him, and what does that man tell the boy?

9. Why can't Bear be hung?

10. What do the two men say about the steward, and how does the boy think about what they say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead". In addition to the theme of actual death of characters and its theme, consider in your answer the death of innocence in Crispin from the beginning of the book to the end.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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