Cross Creek 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. Which of the following areas of the farm did Samson thrive in?

2. Which of the following stereotypes was NOT one Rawlings exposed in her discussions of her servants?

3. Which of the following adjectives best described the yachtsman's wife?

4. What type of animal was Racket?

5. What type of animal was Ferdinand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Rawlings feel about the yachtsman she met in Sanford?

2. How did the work around Rawlings's farm change in the heat of the summer?

3. Why did Rawlings fire Raymond?

4. What type of work did Samson do on Rawlings's farm?

5. How did Rawlings's diet change when she was hospitalized in Cross Creek?

6. How did Rawlings know that the season was changing from spring to summer based on the activity outside her window?

7. How did Rawlings overcome her fear of snakes?

8. What type of relationship did Rawlings have with the frogs that overtook Cross Creek in springtime?

9. What animals did Rawlings hunt with her Aunt Wilmer, and how did the women get along during their hunting trip?

10. How did Martha and Rawlings define "varmint"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Rawlings frequently brings up the idea of "racial memory." How does Rawlings define "racial memory"? How was racial memory significant in the particular era in which Rawlings lived in Cross Creek. Give at least two examples of moments from the memoir in which racial memory was significant. How did racial memory affect relationships in both of these scenes?

Essay Topic 2

In Cross Creek there were seven families, five white and two black. First, list all seven families that lived in Cross Creek and give a short description of each family. Then, describe Rawlings's relationship with her neighbors. Why was it important for Rawlings to list the races of the families in Cross Creek in the opening chapter? How does this identification give the reader further insight into the social dynamics of Cross Creek? Did this identification of race prove to be important to understanding the memoir as as whole?

Essay Topic 3

"Breeding" was an element of personal relationships that was of deep importance to Rawlings. First, describe one person that Rawlings believed was of "good breeding." Then, compare that person to one that Rawlings believed was of "bad breeding." What did Rawlings base these assumptions of breeding on? Was Rawlings always right in her assessment of what made a person good or bad?

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