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 is the name of Martha's friend?

2. Who finds Martha in a doorway?

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

4. What is Martha's daughter's name?

5. Who inherits the plantation of Martha's master/owner when he dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Cleo Hoffman.

2. What spurs Edward Williams to go to Africa?

3. Describe the plantation that Edward Williams owns.

4. Who is Edward Williams?

5. Describe Martha's boyfriend, Chester.

6. How did Madison Williams get emancipated?

7. What is the Voice of Africa?

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

9. Describe Martha's friend, Lucy.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Christianity is a theme that runs throughout each story in Crossing the River. Choose two stories to compare in regards to the way Christianity influences characters. How do the characters' beliefs influence the plot? How do they reconcile their actions with their beliefs? Make sure you name which stories you choose, and use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

All the stories that make up Crossing the River share common threads though they fall across different lands and times. Choose one theme that runs throughout all the stories, and describe how your chosen theme runs through each story. You must mention all four stories, describing how that theme runs through it. Make sure you use examples from the book to support your answer. Your answer should be at least four paragraphs (one paragraph for each story).

Essay Topic 3

Over a hundred years ago, one of the only options for travel from continent to continent was by ship. In "The Pagan Coast," Edward Williams takes a voyage from the American South to Africa to find Nash Williams, and, in "Crossing the River," Captain James Hamilton's main occupation is journeying back and forth by ship to acquire slave "cargo." 1). Describe the hardships of such a journey from each point of view: the slaves, the crew, the Captain. 2). Describe what they observe along the journey and on their stops. 3). How are the slaves' deaths viewed in contrast to white men's deaths? Make sure you answer each part of the question and use examples from the story to support your answer.

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