Crispin: The Cross of Lead Test | Final 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. Where do John Aycliffe and the soldiers escort Bear and Crispin?

2. What does Bear continue doing as the two travel?

3. When does Bear think will be a better time for rebellion?

4. Why can't Crispin leave the city?

5. What does Crispin reveal to John Aycliffe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Crispin and Bear do as they travel towards Great Wexly, what does Bear offer and what is Crispin's feelings about the offer?

2. How does Aycliffe get killed?

3. What does Crispin think about when he thinks of Bear, and what does he decide to do?

4. How does Crispin get away from Aycliffe?

5. What does Widow Daventry say about Lord Furnival's widow?

6. What do Aycliffe and Crispin swear to each other?

7. What does Crispin tell Bear as they leave the village and what is Bear's response?

8. Where do Crispin and Bear stay, what does Bear tell Crispin to do when he leaves and what does Crispin do?

9. How do the men in the meeting get away from the soldiers, and what happens to Bear?

10. What is Aycliffe going to do when he sees Crispin in the palace and what does Crispin tell Aycliffe?

Essay Topics

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

During the Middle Ages, men were considered much more important than women. Money and property were passed down from fathers to sons. In the story, the main character is known only as Asta's son, because he does not know who his father is. He is treated badly by others because he has no father and so is seen as less important. He is not even given a proper name. He feels sad about this and cannot help thinking badly of himself, even though his situation is not his fault.

1. Why do you think the human society evolved with men being more important than women? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Considering without modern technology it was impossible to prove who an infant's father was but a mother is always known, explain why it would be more logical for children's identity to pass through the maternal side of a family.

3. Children like Crispin who was born out of wedlock were ostracized and looked down upon throughout much of human history up to just the last twenty years. Discuss the implications of a child having to pay for what was considered his or her parents' mistake. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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