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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 amazes Crispin as the two are getting closer to Great Wexly?
2. Who does Bear say will die soon?
3. What does the cross that Crispin has reveal?
4. What does Crispin decide to do after Bear leaves?
5. Where does Crispin find John Ball?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Widow Daventry say about Lord Furnival's widow?
2. How does Crispin run into Aycliffe in Great Wexley,and what happens when he does see him?
3. How does Crispin get into the palace, and what does he take when he first arrives there?
4. What do Aycliffe and Crispin swear to each other?
5. How do Bear and Crispin get out of the palace?
6. What does Crispin think about when he thinks of Bear, and what does he decide to do?
7. Who does Crispin find at the White Stag, what does he tell them and what is their response?
8. Why does Crispin follow Bear to a meeting, and what does he hear as he listens outside the door?
9. Where do Crispin and Bear stay, what does Bear tell Crispin to do when he leaves and what does Crispin do?
10. How does Crispin get to the White Stag Inn?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Crispin realizes that he would have been caught if it were not for Bear, and is grateful for his help. Later, Bear tells Crispin that if there is ever trouble, he should run away and not think about Bear. He should then head north and try to hide from the men who are chasing him. This shows how much he really does care about Crispin. He does not want Crispin to get hurt, and fears for his safety in Great Wexly. He would not want Crispin to risk himself even to save Bear. He also does not abandon Crispin, despite the fact that Crispin is causing him quite a lot of trouble.
1. Why do you think Bear tells Crispin to run away if there is ever any trouble and to not worry about Bear? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think Bear has not abandoned Crispin because he has learned to care for Crispin or because that is a basic part of Bear's nature? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. What are some of the ways has Bear's life been changed by having Crispin in his life? What about Crispin having Bear in his life? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
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