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 is the name of Silas's nephew?

2. After his essay in Part I, Chapter 13, whom does Samuel Gatewood try to convince to stop running away?

3. What property does Samuel Gatewood own?

4. What is Alexander quickly set up as in his new regiment because of his education and ability?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have been going through tremendous changes in their lives since the war has begun. Explore the theme of coming of age, and analyze the changes in the different characters.

Part A) What does coming of age mean?

Part B) How can a catastrophic event like the Civil War cause tremendous changes in people?

Part C) How have some of the characters ideals and goals changed? What have the characters learned about themselves and life?

Essay Topic 2

Most of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have no idea what the war will do to their lives. Examine how the characters' first ideas of the war differ from the actual realities of the war. How do Duncan's fantasies really have nothing in common with the realities of war? How can someone's fantasy of something almost make the reality harder to bear? Is Alexander having a harder time dealing with his reality because of his preconceived notions of war?

Essay Topic 3

In "Jacob's Ladder", at some point each character deals with having to decide what is honorable. Explore the theme of honor in the novel and discuss how it relates to the different characters. How important is it for the characters not to lose their honor during war? Why is being honorable important? Is Alexander as honorable as Duncan is? Where in the text does Catesby show that he is honorable?

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