Crispin: The Cross of Lead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 tell Bear about Lord Furnival?

2. Who does Crispin see ride past towards the south?

3. What does Crispin realize about the people in the the place he finds?

4. What does Crispin assume about his father?

5. What does the man tell Crispin is his name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Crispin find as he is walking, and what does he realize about the place?

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

3. What does Bear make Crispin do in the morning, how does Crispin feel about it and what does Bear begin to teach Crispin?

4. Why does Crispin agree to serve the man?

5. Why does Bear push Crispin to learn what he is teaching?

6. How does the boy feel about what he is told, and what does he do about it?

7. Why does Bear look at Crispin's cross, and what does Crispin think about Bear's statement about the cross?

8. What does Crispin tell Bear about the Lord of the manor in Stromford and what does Bear say about that Lord/

9. How did Bear pick up his trade?

10. Who is the man Crispin has agreed to serve, and what does he do for a living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Crispin finds it very hard to cope with his situation. As he grows more tired and hungry, he begins to lose hope. He even begins to wish that he was dead, thinking that his suffering would be over and he could see his mother again. When he sees the dead man on the gallows, however, his mind is instantly changed. He comes face to face with the horror of death and realizes how much he actually wants to be alive. He realizes that his feelings were brought on by deep sadness and fear, and that he does not really want to die at all.

1. Why do you think Crispin might wish to be dead in his situation? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think someone who sees death, either in a friend or in a close brush with death is more likely to appreciate living than someone who has not confronted mortality? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Peasants in that era and location lived fairly brutal, short and difficult lives yet still continued living and having children even knowing what kind of life their children faced. Discuss why you think humans in this situation do this. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "Crispin: The Cross of Lead", Crispin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" might be considered a slice of Crispin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that this book is a "bildungsroman" of Crispin. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Rick as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Rick?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Crispin's growth throughout "Crispin: The Cross of Lead", do you think this book could be considered Crispin's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this story, questions that Avi 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 Avi's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Avi's 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?

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