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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 Quinel tell the boy about who the boy is?

2. What position does John Aycliffe hold in the village?

3. Where does Quinel tell Crispin to go?

4. How does Crispin feel about being on his own?

5. Where does Bear say he and Crispin are going?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Asta's son do the day after he slept in the village, and what does he hear two men say about him?

4. Where does Crispin go the night he sees Quinel, who is there and what is he told to do? What is he given?

5. How did Bear pick up his trade?

6. How does Bear provide dinner for him and Crispin and what does Bear say about the dinner and how he feels about it?

7. What does the boy see after he spends the night in the forest, and what does he realize?

8. How does Bear feel about what they see and what do he and Crispin do about it?

9. What does Bear tell Crispin about his childhood?

10. What does Crispin decide to do and what happens when he feels too frightened and tired to go on?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Crispin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Bear. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of John Aycliffe. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Bear is hard and unfriendly, but in some ways is also a little like Crispin. He is traveling, without any real home, and seems to have no friends or family. He does not seem to be loved by anyone or have anyone to love or care for. Like Crispin, he is completely alone. Like Crispin, he also learned quickly that other people will not be kind to him. He deals with this by hardening himself and treating everyone gruffly. He does not trust anyone, and tells Crispin so. This is why he is so rude to Crispin.

1. Why do you think Bear's life may have contributed to making him hard and unfriendly? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think are some of the emotional effects of being and feeling alone in the world for a human? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What are some of the reasons a person may have learned not to trust others? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

4. How do you think a lack of trust in others can affect a person's life? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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