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. What holiday did the old man who showed up on Rawlings's doorstep believe was Thanksgiving?

2. Which of the following baked goods was considered from "the high caste"?

3. After the stormy month, what crop was typically harvested?

4. Which of the following was the only animal Rawlings claimed she would never kill to eat?

5. Which of the following types of bread was NOT typically served in Florida?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Rawlings feeling about her life at the time when Dessie invited her on a river trip?

2. What trouble did ants give Rawlings during planting season on the farm?

3. How did Rawlings feel when Kate's brother was in town?

4. Who was Mr. Butler, and where did he die?

5. What weapons did Rawlings believe all African-American servants had over their employers?

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

7. What vegetables were regularly eaten in Cross Creek?

8. How did Rawlings overcome her fear of snakes?

9. What types of bread were regularly served in Cross Creek, and which was Rawlings's favorite?

10. What happened when Rawlings's car got stuck in the soft sand near her farm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Geechee proves to be a symbol of the plight of black servants in the Rawlings's era. First, describe Geechee's physicality and describe how she came to work on Rawlings' farm. Then, describe the personal troubles Geechee had in her life and how she dealt with them. What was the effect of these personal problems on Geechee's relationship with Rawlings? Do you agree that Geechee could be seen as a symbol for the plight of all black servants during this time?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the memoir, Rawlings contemplates what it means to be rich and what it means to be poor, even going so far as to say the poor are "a cleaned, naked version of the rich." What do you think Rawlings meant by this statement? To whom was she referring when she made it? Then, choose one rich person and one poor person that lived in Cross Creek. Do you think this statement reflects the relationship between these two people? Finally, describe Rawlings's view on the rich and poor at the end of the memoir. Had her views on these two classes of people changed through her experiences at Cross Creek?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Rawlings's closest ally on the farm was Black Martha. What role did Martha play on the farm? How did Martha's family treat Rawlings, who was essentially their boss? How did Rawlings's relationship with Martha change her as a person? What lessons did Rawlings learn from Martha? Do you think Martha was a positive or negative influence on Rawlings's life in Cross Creek?

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