Caleb's Crossing Questions and Answers

Caleb's Crossing

There are many themes we could choose to discuss in Geraldine Brooks's novel Caleb's Crossing (2011). These include the significance of names, the contrast between country life and city life, and...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 5:55 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

Puritan cultural attitudes are largely represented by Bethia’s family. Her strict father promotes religious devotion for all, but emphasizes modesty and domestic skills for girls and book learning...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018, 1:06 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Caleb's Crossing

Caleb and Bethia establish a synchronicity of wisdom and spirituality. On one hand, Bethia has the wisdom of reading and history and the spirituality of Christianity, while Caleb is ignorant but...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2012, 11:33 am (UTC)

5 educator answers

Caleb's Crossing

As Caleb gets to know Bethia, the daughter of a Puritan pastor, he takes interest in the concept of the God that she believes in and in the ability to glean wisdom from a book. Later, after Caleb's...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 8:44 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Caleb's Crossing

An example of speaking her mind is a benefit (a good thing) to Bethia is when she convinces Samuel to postpone their engagement for six months, a period she puts to good use by working in the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 8:35 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

Geraldine Brooks was born and raised in Australia, but currently maintains a residence on Martha’s Vineyard, the small, idyllic island off the coast of Massachusetts that today serves as a tranquil...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2014, 2:07 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

If you are asking why people would object to this book, I can think of some reasons. It might be seen as a negative portrayal of Native Americans. There is also some questioning of religion going...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012, 2:29 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Caleb's Crossing

Makepeace is a complex character who changes significantly throughout Caleb's Crossing. He is the son of a local pastor and the brother of the main character, Bethia. Makepeace is a very religious...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016, 12:54 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

We know quite a lot about Puritan life, which helps give context for Caleb's Crossing. Understanding the Puritans and their beliefs will help enormously as you read this novel. The most important...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 3:03 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

One thing that relates to the novel from the author's life is that while she lived Massachusetts and studied at Harvard, the story is set on Martha's Vineyard Island off the coast of Massachusetts...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013, 9:12 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Caleb's Crossing

You are thinking of Anne. She is the young woman who had the miscarriage that Bethia Mayfield helped deliver. The controversy over that baby is how far along the pregnancy was. Bethia is very...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011, 10:56 am (UTC)

1 educator answer