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 the person that Uther Botkin's slave wishes could help her with the planting in jail?

2. The woman traveling the countryside hears a lot about a storm. What is the name of the storm?

3. What must Alexander Kirkpatrick do if he wants to be pardoned from serving jail?

4. 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?

5. As the story opens, what is the young woman traveling the countryside in search of?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. What does Sallie pray for while working at the hospital in Part III, Chapter 30?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The book, "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War", is set during the Civil War in the South. Several of the main characters are slaves, some characters are slave owners, and a few are even against slavery. Research and examine slavery before and during the Civil War. Where was slavery dominant in America? How were slaves treated? Was slavery the reason for the Civil War? How did slavery end? Did those for slavery accept the end of slavery right away?

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