Caleb's Crossing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Geraldine Brooks
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 142 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Caleb's Crossing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Geraldine Brooks
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 142 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Why is Bethia at Master Corlett's school?

2. Why is Bethia envious of Makepeace?

3. When did Bethia's mother die?

4. What comment by Noah catches Bethia's attention?

5. Why does Bethia's father choose some particular passages from the Bible to read when Caleb is introduced?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when a whale strands itself on the beach and how does Bethia feel about the situation?

2. How does the first attempt at the conversion of the sonquem go and what changes that?

3. What happens to Bethia's sister Solace?

4. Describe the effect of Bethia's father's preaching on the Wampanoag.

5. What is Bethia's father's dealings with the Wampanoag, and how does Bethia learn their language?

6. What does Caleb think of Bethia's name and how does he express his feelings about it?

7. What does Bethia say about the situations in her family's life at this time?

8. What is Bethia's hope about the time Mayfield will use in converting the native Indians?

9. Where is Bethia sent and what are the aftereffects of her drinking out of the gourd?

10. Why does Caleb say he and Bethia can no longer be friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Geraldine Brooks.

2. What in Brooks's background may have helped her in writing Caleb's Crossing? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Caleb's Crossing, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Caleb's Crossing. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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