Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War Test | Mid-Book 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 do Samuel Gatewood's son and his friends do after some Union cadets rush them after listening to a speech at the military institute?

2. What does Samuel Gatewood do after his slave's third attempt at running away?

3. How do Alexander Kirkpatrick and his wife get to the jail after being sentenced?

4. While trying to find shelter from the big storm, whom does Samuel's son find inside a barn?

5. After traveling to where the slaves are held, with whom does Silas's nephew have sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the judge sentence Sallie and Alexander to for being abolitionists?

2. What does Catesby write to his wife Leona about from Camp Bartow, Virginia?

3. What happens to Duncan's horse, Gypsy, during the battle in Chancellorsville?

4. How is Alexander assigned to Duncan's regiment?

5. What happens at the military institute, where Duncan is present to hear a speech, which causes a fight?

6. How did Uther Botkin obtain his property that he now lives on?

7. What was Miss Marguerite's name in 1857?

8. In Part III, Chapter 28, how does Maggie, now known as Marguerite, feel about her life with Silas?

9. Why does one of the surgeons, James Lane, ask that all the Union soldiers be taken to another surgeon for the rest of the evening?

10. What does a superior officer say to Duncan and his fellow cadets after they rush to get their weapons and regain their honor when the Union cadets pick a fight with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marguerite and Silas's relationship has quickly changed and grown into something more. In fact, Silas treats Jacob, Marguerite's child, as if he were his own. Analyze Silas and Marguerite's relationship and discuss how it changes throughout the novel. How do Silas and Marguerite meet? How does Marguerite really feel about Silas? Is she just using him for money? How does Silas really feel about Marguerite? Why is Marguerite worried about having a child with Silas?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have an air of desperation about them and perform desperate acts. Examine the concept of desperation and discuss how it pertains to the characters in the novel. How could someone become desperate during times of war? What characters in the novel seem desperate at this point in the story? Who does not seem desperate? How can this desperation be brought on by some characters having to do uncharacteristic things?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout "Jacob's Ladder" there are families that grow, families that are torn apart, and families that stick together. Love is what binds these families together and the lack of love is often what tears them apart. Analyze the theme of family and love throughout the novel. How important is the theme of family in the novel? What examples from the book demonstrate how much Samuel's family means to him? What does family mean to Marguerite? Whom does she love?

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