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. What does Crispin decide to do after Bear leaves?

2. What does Cripin tell Bear as they are leaving the village?

3. Why can't Crispin leave the city?

4. Where do John Aycliffe and the soldiers escort Bear and Crispin?

5. How will Crispin get out of the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Widow Daventry tell Crispin about who he is and why Aycliffe is after him?

2. How does Crispin get to the White Stag Inn?

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

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

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

6. How does Crispin run into Aycliffe in Great Wexley,and what happens when he does see him?

7. How do Bear and Crispin get out of the palace?

8. Why does Crispin follow Bear to a meeting, and what does he hear as he listens outside the door?

9. What does Widow Daventry do when she sees Crispin in the common room and how does Bear feel about her actions?

10. Who does Crispin find at the White Stag, what does he tell them and what is their response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Avi.

2. What in Avi's background may have helped him in writing "Crispin: The Cross of Lead"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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