The Crossing 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. The doctor sends Billy for some things he needs such as water and _____________.

2. What does the border guard tell Billy when he crosses back into the U.S.?

3. What does Billy tell the stranger about Boyd?

4. What does the man who had once given the boys permission to take the horses tell Billy?

5. What is unusual about this morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boyd begin to attain the role of a folk hero?

2. Why does the army recruiter seem to take a special interest in Billy?

3. What are the circumstances in which Boyd gets shot?

4. Where does Billy search for Boyd and what does he learn about his brother?

5. What does Billy learn about how Boyd died?

6. What help does Billy secure for the wounded Boyd?

7. What is Boyd's condition when Billy returns to get him at the Munoz farm?

8. How does the author show what Billy is thinking in this story?

9. How can Boyd's emerging folk hero status be considered a form of foreshadowing?

10. What does Billy's jealousy of Boyd's relationship with the girl prompt Billy to tell the girl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain McCarthy's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book THE CROSSING? Cite an example to support your answer.

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