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 happens to Edward's wife?

2. How does Martha pay for her travel to California?

3. Why does Martha's new owner/master decide to sell her?

4. What is the African Fever?

5. Who is the most successful missionary sent to Africa in this story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think happened to Martha's husband?

2. What happens to Martha at the end of "West"?

3. Describe Leavenworth.

4. What does Martha think happened to her daughter?

5. What happens to most of the letters that Nash Williams writes to Edward Wiliams?

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

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

8. Describe the mystery woman.

9. Who is Edward Williams?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Crossing the River," James Hamilton is a young English merchant who inherits his father's ship. His father seems to have broken down due to his inability to reconcile his Christian and moral beliefs with the profession he took part in for most of his life, which was slave trading. Compare the young Hamilton with his father. How does young Hamilton reconcile his beliefs with his profession? What happened to Hamilton's father? What do you think will happen to Hamilton eventually? Do you think a similar fate to his father awaits him?

Essay Topic 2

As in all the other stories that make up Crossing the River, "West" contains characters that perceive themselves as good Christians but are misguided in their actions. Compare the misguided Christians from the story "West," with a character from any of the other stories that has the same characteristics. How do these characters differ? Do you find any of them sincere? Do you see any "commercial detachment" in any of the other stories? Give examples from the stories to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Pagan Coast," the American Colonization Society and most white men still consider themselves superior to Africans, whether they are educated or not. In "Somewhere in England," race issues are evident through the villagers' critiques. Compare the race relations in "The Pagan Coast," which takes place in the 1800s, and "Somewhere in England," which takes place in the World War II era. How are they similar and how are they different? Make sure you provide examples from the text to support your answer.

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