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 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?

2. What does the visitor bring Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife while visiting her in jail?

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

4. While at the military institute listening to a speech, what does Samuel Gatewood's son see happen to a Union flagpole?

5. How old is Uther Botkin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Duncan tell Sallie about Midge when she comes to visit him in the hospital?

2. 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?

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

4. How do Rufus and Jesse escape Stratford Plantation?

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

6. How does Marguerite take control of the situation when Mingo leaves Kizzy pregnant and distraught on the road out of Wilmington?

7. How much money is Silas going to sell Maggie for as incentive for Ellam to treat her with some respect until time for the sale?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Miss Marguerite is the narrator and one of the main characters in "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War". Analyze the character of Miss Marguerite throughout her different name changes in her life: Midge, Maggie, and Marguerite. How did Marguerite change with each name? How does this influence the overall story? Where is Midge from, and where does she live? Who owns Midge? What is different about Midge's race from that of other slaves?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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