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. What nationality is Joyce's second husband?

2. Where does Joyce go in Christmas, 1937?

3. What does Joyce name her son?

4. When does the Duke of York reach Sierra Leone?

5. What do the villagers complain about in "Somewhere in England"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Joyce's mother?

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

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

4. Describe James Hamilton.

5. Describe Mr. Ellis.

6. Why doesn't Len get called up for the war?

7. Describe Joyce's marriage to Len.

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

9. Describe Captain Jackson.

10. Who is Herbert?

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

"Somewhere in England" takes place in the years leading up to and during World War II. How does World War II affect the people of England in general? How does it affect Joyce specifically? Compare and contrast Joyce's thoughts on the government and war with that of the villagers and her husband, Len. Make sure you use examples to support your answer, and answer each question thoroughly.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Pagan Coast," setting is a prominent character in the same way that war is a prominent character in "Somewhere in England." How does setting play a role in "The Pagan Coast," and how does Liberia change in the eyes of the characters throughout the story? What did it represent in the beginning, and what did it represent in the end? How does war play a role in "Somewhere in England"? Describe how these unconventional characters (setting and war) play such significant roles in these stories? How do they influence their respective characters?

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