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. Why is Edward no longer welcome to the American Colonization Society's clubhouse?

2. Which character is first introduced in "The Pagan Coast"?

3. How many conversions to Christianity is Nash responsible for?

4. When was Edward Williams born?

5. What is the name of the ship that Edward boards to find Nash?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What spurs Edward Williams to go to Africa?

3. What does Martha think happened to her daughter?

4. What happens to Martha's boyfriend?

5. How did Madison Williams get emancipated?

6. What is the Voice of Africa?

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

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

9. How does Martha pay for her passage to California?

10. How did Chester acquire his home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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