Crossing the River Test | Final 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 is the Duke of York headed?

2. What does Joyce think of government warnings?

3. When did Joyce meet this person in London?

4. What does Hamilton buy to discourage insurrection?

5. Why does Joyce go to that place during Christmas, 1937?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hamilton think of Ellis's ideas on his father's death?

2. What belief did Hamilton's father hold concerning Christianity and slavery?

3. Describe Joyce's marriage to Len.

4. Describe Travis.

5. Why doesn't Joyce's mother want her to marry?

6. What happens to Joyce and Travis's relationship?

7. What happened during the tornado in "Crossing the River"?

8. Who is Herbert?

9. Describe Mr. Ellis.

10. How does Captain Hamilton reconcile his Christian beliefs with his professional dealings in slavery?

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

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 "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?

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