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 does Samuel Gatewood want his slave to be married?

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

3. What do Samuel Gatewood's son and his friends do after some Union cadets rush them after listening to a speech at the military institute?

4. Where does Alexander arrive in Part III, Chapter 29, just before a big fight?

5. Whom does Marguerite accompany to an expensive gathering at the governor's mansion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Alexander assigned to Duncan's regiment?

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

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

5. What does Catesby write to his wife Leona about from Camp Bartow, Virginia?

6. What happens the third time that Jesse tries to run away from the Stratford Plantation?

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

8. How does Opal help Uther Botkin with his daughter and his farm?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War", is a novel centered around the Civil War. Research and study the Civil War and how it began. How did the Civil War start? What state was the first to secede? What did the soldiers who were in the Civil War have to endure? Why did the Civil War start? How did the soldiers feel at the beginning of the Civil War? Who was the president during the Civil War, for both sides, Union and Confederate?

Essay Topic 2

The resolution is of a series of events that follow the climax of the story, and therefore provides the conclusion of the story. Examine the resolution in "Jacob's Ladder", particularly how it pertains to all the different characters. Is the resolution in "Jacob's Ladder" satisfying? Should it have ended it differently? How does Jesse deal with never finding Marguerite? Compare the resolution in "Jacob's Ladder" to resolutions in other books the class has read.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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