Crossing the River Test | Mid-Book 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 Nash request assistance from Edward for?

2. What best describes Nash's style of writing?

3. What is the name of Nash's first son?

4. Where does Martha's boyfriend live?

5. What kind of occupation does Martha have while in Kansas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the fight that Chester had with some fellow poker players.

2. Briefly describe the journey that Edward Williams takes to find Nash.

3. How is Nash treated by white men in Monrovia, Liberia?

4. What happens to Martha's boyfriend?

5. Where does Nash Williams settle in his second year in Africa in "The Pagan Coast"?

6. Who is Edward Williams?

7. Describe the relation between Madison Williams and Edward Williams.

8. When and where was the last time Martha saw her husband and daughter?

9. What group of people make up most of Martha's business while she is in Kansas?

10. How does Martha come to run a restaurant in Dodge City?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each character in "The Pagan Coast," such as the American Colonization Society and Madison, represents a perspective or theme of the time period. For example, Edward represents the white Christian's perspective of a person who owns slaves, yet pities them, so he tries to bring them up to his level by teaching them white civility. Explore two characters' perspectives or themes that they present in the story. Make sure your answer analyzes them in detail, providing evidence through the use of examples found in the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "West," Martha endures significant hardships, but she finds hope in different places. Describe three hardships that Martha has endured, and explain how she endured them. Where did Martha find hope? What gave her solace during these different obstacles?

Essay Topic 3

Crossing the River is a novel made up of four different, stand-alone stories, but they all have common themes and characters. What characters did you find to be most similar from different stories, and why? How are they similar? What themes do they reflect, and what influences their character? Does setting play a role in their shared themes or is it more of their similar circumstances? Remember to provide examples to support your answer.

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