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. How does Joyce's mother treat Joyce?

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

3. Who overtakes the ship while Hamilton is ashore?

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

5. What did the first crew member die of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Joyce's mother?

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

4. Describe Mr. Ellis.

5. What measures did Hamilton take to prevent a slave insurrection?

6. Describe James Hamilton.

7. Describe Captain Jackson.

8. Describe Joyce's marriage to Len.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Pagan Coast," the American Colonization Society and most white men still consider themselves superior to Africans, whether they are educated or not. In "Somewhere in England," race issues are evident through the villagers' critiques. Compare the race relations in "The Pagan Coast," which takes place in the 1800s, and "Somewhere in England," which takes place in the World War II era. How are they similar and how are they different? Make sure you provide examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In "The Pagan Coast," Nash Williams becomes increasingly disillusioned with Edward Williams, his adopted father/owner who he once idolized. How did Nash's view of Edward deteriorate? Start by describing how Nash viewed Edward towards the beginning of the story, and show how his view gradually deteriorates. Does Edward think any differently by the end of the story? Why or why not? Make sure to provide evidence to support your answer.

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