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. Why is Samuel Gatewood's slave trying to run away?

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

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. Who arrives at the hospital to visit Duncan and apologizes for his melancholy attitude?

5. Marguerite is interviewed by a girl from the WPA. Why are the girl's boss and father criticizing the amount of time she spends with Marguerite?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the prison keeper tell Sallie about Alexander during one of her visits with Cousin Molly?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Why did Sallie marry Alexander Kirkpatrick in a hasty marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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