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. Where does Edward board his ship to find Nash?

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

3. What happens to Martha's friend who she worked with early on?

4. What happens to Martha's family after the new owner takes control of the plantation?

5. What happens six weeks into the journey to California?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Martha's boyfriend, Chester.

2. What illness has killed many slaves?

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

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

5. Describe the American Colonization Society.

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

7. What happens to the relationship between Nash and his natural mother?

8. Describe the mystery woman.

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

10. What does Martha think happened to her daughter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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