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 pretend as he is leaving the tavern?

2. Who has recently died?

3. What is likely to happen to Bear?

4. Why can't Crispin sleep?

5. What offer does Bear make to Crispin one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Crispin get away from Aycliffe?

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

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

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

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

6. What is Bear's opinion on rebellion and what is John Ball's opinion on it?

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

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

9. What does Crispin see downstairs when he comes out of his hiding place, and what does Daventry tell him?

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

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.

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Crispin: The Cross of Lead", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Crispin: The Cross of Lead". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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