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. When did Joyce meet this person in London?

2. When does Hamilton write the first letter to his wife during his journey?

3. How many living children does Joyce have by the end of "Somewhere in England"?

4. How did Hamilton acquire his ship?

5. How is Len punished for his illegal activity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mr. Ellis.

2. Describe Captain Jackson.

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

4. What does Ellis say concerning Hamilton's father's death?

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

6. Describe Joyce's marriage to Len.

7. What is the state of Hamilton's cargo near the end of the log in "Crossing the River"?

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

9. How is "Crossing the River" written (in what format)?

10. What happens to Sandra and why?

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

"West" and "Somewhere in England" both focus on women, but they are women of very different worlds. Compare and contrast the characters of Martha Randolph and Joyce. How are they similar (in situation, circumstances, personality, etc), and how are they different? Take note of the fact that they are of different time periods as well as of different nationalities. Make sure you use examples from the stories to support your answer.

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