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. To whom is Alexander Kirkpatrick married?

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

3. How do Alexander Kirkpatrick and his wife get to the jail after being sentenced?

4. What happens to Duncan's horse during a battle in Chancellorsville, Virginia?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the judge sentence Sallie and Alexander to for being abolitionists?

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

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

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

In "Jacob's Ladder", at some point each character deals with having to decide what is honorable. Explore the theme of honor in the novel and discuss how it relates to the different characters. How important is it for the characters not to lose their honor during war? Why is being honorable important? Is Alexander as honorable as Duncan is? Where in the text does Catesby show that he is honorable?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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