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. To whom is Alexander Kirkpatrick married?

2. Who visits Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife in jail?

3. What is the name of Samuel Gatewood's wife?

4. How much money does Silas's nephew offer the slave for sex?

5. What must Alexander Kirkpatrick do if he wants to be pardoned from serving jail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the army recruiter say that convinces Jesse to join the Union army?

2. What do Marguerite's grown children tell the girl who has been interviewing her at the birthday party?

3. Where does Jesse take Duncan after getting him out of the Confederate prison?

4. While attending church, what does Opal beg Jack to do for her?

5. What happens when Duncan meets Confederate President Davis at an event he attends with Sallie?

6. Why did Sallie marry Alexander Kirkpatrick in a hasty marriage?

7. What does Silas do to Ellam when he learns of his treatment of Maggie?

8. What happens to Jesse and the other black soldiers who are captured by the Confederates after a battle?

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

10. What does Ellam Omohundru do with Maggie in Part I, Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Silas Omohundru has a certain view about how slaves should be treated that is comparable to Samuel Gatewood's view. Compare Silas Omohundru to Samuel Gatewood, analyzing how each treats slaves and each one's view on slavery in general. Who cares more about how slaves are actually treated in relation to their feelings? Does Samuel think of slaves as actual human beings with feelings? Why? How does Silas's treatment of his slaves compare to Samuel's?

Essay Topic 3

The book, "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War", is set during the Civil War in the South. Several of the main characters are slaves, some characters are slave owners, and a few are even against slavery. Research and examine slavery before and during the Civil War. Where was slavery dominant in America? How were slaves treated? Was slavery the reason for the Civil War? How did slavery end? Did those for slavery accept the end of slavery right away?

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