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 does Sandra confess in March 1940?

2. What happens in April and May, 1937 in "Somewhere in England"?

3. Who does Joyce meet around 1939?

4. What ship does the Duke of York pass when they arrive?

5. How does Joyce's first marriage end?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Joyce's life in 1963.

2. What happens to Joyce's mother?

3. What resulted from Joyce's relationship with Herbert, and how did she deal with it?

4. Who is Herbert?

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

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

7. Describe Joyce's mother.

8. Describe Mr. Ellis.

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

10. Describe Captain Jackson.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Somewhere in England," there are various characters with their own different backgrounds, goals, and ideas. Joyce is first married to an Englishman and then has an interracial relationship. How does Joyce's marriage to Len contrast with her relationship with Travis? How are these relationships different in the eyes of society? Which do they scrutinize more and why? Make sure you answer each question thoroughly, using examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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