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. As the story opens, what is the young woman traveling the countryside in search of?

2. What does a Confederate solider tell Rufus and Jesse before shooting Rufus in the chest?

3. Whom does Samuel Gatewood purchase from Uther Botkin?

4. Catesby writes a letter to his wife in Part III, Chapter 32. What does he tell her has happened to Duncan?

5. What is Jesse doing that causes most men to fall ill or to move on to another job as quickly as possible?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Catesby lose after playing cards in Part I, Chapter 11?

3. What happens to Duncan during the big battle at McDowell?

4. Why is Alexander called into the office of the acting keeping at the penitentiary in Part II, Chapter 18?

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

6. What happens to Uther Botkin's wife, Martha?

7. 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?

8. While Sallie is working at the hospital, what does a young soldier ask Sallie to do for him?

9. What is Jesse's new job in Part III, Chapter 31, at the hospital?

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

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

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 3

Marguerite tells many stories of several different characters throughout the story. This is a literary device that writers use called a story-within-a-story. Explore the author's use of the literary device story-within-a-story in the novel "Jacob's Ladder". Is the author using stories-within-a-story to give it a more historical feel? Or is the author using stories-within-a-story to give background about particular characters or events? How is this literary device effective in the novel "Jacob's Ladder"?

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