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 happens to Duncan and Catesby during the fighting in Part III, Chapter 28?

2. In the letter that he writes from camp, where does Catesby urge his wife to stay?

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

4. Why does Samuel Gatewood want his slave to be married?

5. What happens when Alexander is sent to deliver a message to a particular group about to be hemmed in during the fighting in Part III, Chapter 28?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Alexander during his first time in battle?

2. Why does Jesse keep trying to run away from the Stratford Plantation?

3. What does Abigail's Cousin Molly bring Sallie when she comes to visit her in jail?

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

5. What happens to Duncan Gatewood when the storm, Cox's Snow, hits?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Duncan and Midge have a tumultuous relationship, which is a very important conflict in "Jacob's Ladder". Analyze Midge and Duncan's relationship and its overall effect on the story. Where are they from? How did they meet? What do they look like? How do they feel about each other? Do they trust each other?

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

"Jacob's Ladder" is historical fiction which is a story that is set in the past. "Jacob's Ladder" is set in the Civil War in Virginia, and therefore, it is considered historical fiction. Examine the different historical references throughout "Jacob's Ladder". What makes "Jacob's Ladder" historical fiction? Does the author make a point of centering his story on actual events that happened during the Civil War? Does he use real places and dates? Does it make his story more believable? How does it enhance the story?

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