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. 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?

2. What is the name of the horse that Duncan has had since he was a child?

3. After attending church in Part I, Chapter 9, who begs Jack to put in a good word with Samuel Gatewood?

4. While trying to find shelter from the big storm, whom does Samuel's son find inside a barn?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the woman at the beginning of Part I, Chapter 1, traveling the countryside?

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

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

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

8. What happens at the military institute, where Duncan is present to hear a speech, which causes a fight?

9. What happens to Alexander during his first time in battle?

10. Why does Jesse keep trying to run away from the Stratford Plantation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The war has caused tremendous changes not only in the characters but also in society. Each character deals with these changes in a different way. Analyze the theme of change in the novel, particularly how it pertains to society. How have these changes affected the characters? What changes have been for the better? What changes have been for the worse? Does something as catastrophic as war need to happen to bring about great change?

Essay Topic 2

Description is the fiction-writing mode for creating a mental image of a story. Examine the use of description in "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War". How does the author graphically describe life in Virginia during slavery and the Civil War? How are the characters described? How does the author use dialogue, imagery, and even sentence structure to help describe?

Essay Topic 3

Marguerite and Silas's relationship has quickly changed and grown into something more. In fact, Silas treats Jacob, Marguerite's child, as if he were his own. Analyze Silas and Marguerite's relationship and discuss how it changes throughout the novel. How do Silas and Marguerite meet? How does Marguerite really feel about Silas? Is she just using him for money? How does Silas really feel about Marguerite? Why is Marguerite worried about having a child with Silas?

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