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 does Samuel Gatewood do after his slave's third attempt at running away?

2. To whom is Alexander Kirkpatrick married?

3. At the hospital that she works at, Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife has to dump piles of used bandages into a pit. What else does she see inside the pit?

4. Why does the surgeon in Part III, Chapter 28, insist that all the Union soldiers be taken to another surgeon for the rest of the evening?

5. Who accompanies Alexander Kirkpatrick and his wife to the jail after they are sentenced?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. After telling his wife, Leona, in a letter that he has become a Christian, what does Catesby urge his wife, Leona, to do?

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

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

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

6. Duncan runs into Midge, now Marguerite Omohundru, at an event, what do they talk about in their private conversation?

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

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

9. After being captured, what does Alexander say when one of the officers asks him what happened to make him fall into this group?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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"?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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