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

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

3. Catesby writes a letter to his wife in Part III, Chapter 32. What does he tell her has happened to Duncan?

4. What is the name of the family that Alexander works for food and stays with in Part III, Chapter 35?

5. What are the names of Samuel Gatewood's children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Abigail's Cousin Molly bring Sallie when she comes to visit her in jail?

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

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

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

9. While Sallie is working at the hospital, what does a young soldier ask Sallie to do for him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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"?

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