Crossing the River Test | Final Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 119 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Crossing the River Test | Final Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 119 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. How is Len punished for his illegal activity?

2. When does Joyce marry her second husband?

3. How does Joyce's first marriage end?

4. Who dies in November 1940?

5. Who is the first crew member to die?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Captain Jackson.

3. Why do villagers dislike Joyce?

4. Describe Joyce's life in 1963.

5. What journey does James Hamilton take?

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

7. On what condition does the Army allow Travis to marry Joyce?

8. Describe Mr. Ellis.

9. Why is Len sent to prison?

10. Who is Herbert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While the first two stories in Crossing the River showed struggle more from the perspective of black characters who were victims of a cruel society that endorsed slavery, "Crossing the River" is told wholly from the perspective of a white captain who promotes slavery through trade. Describe his beliefs and how he reconciles them with the immoral profession he endorses and takes part in. What is "commercial detachment," and what does Captain Hamilton think of it?

Essay Topic 3

"West" focuses mainly on the story of Martha Randolph, but there are some other characters worth focusing on, such as Chester and other minor characters. Each character represents a perspective and influences the outcome of the plot in some form. What representation was the strongest and most significant in the story? What message did the author intend to give through this story? Make sure you use examples from the book to support your answer.

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