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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. What is Alexander quickly set up as in his new regiment because of his education and ability?
2. Why does Samuel Gatewood want his slave to be married?
3. After dumping piles of used bandages into a pit, how many patients does Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife tell the surgeon he has waiting for the day?
4. Two years after the big storm, what is Samuel's son guarding in Part I, Chapter 2?
5. How many months after Uther Botkin's wife gives birth does she die?
Short Essay Questions
1. While attending church, what does Opal beg Jack to do for her?
2. What does Sallie pray for while working at the hospital in Part III, Chapter 30?
3. What incident does Miss Marguerite begin with when telling her story to the young woman in Part I, Chapter 1?
4. How is Alexander assigned to Duncan's regiment?
5. What happens to Uther Botkin's wife, Martha?
6. What does Silas do to Ellam when he learns of his treatment of Maggie?
7. In Part III, Chapter 28, how does Maggie, now known as Marguerite, feel about her life with Silas?
8. What happens to Duncan Gatewood when the storm, Cox's Snow, hits?
9. What does the prison keeper tell Sallie about Alexander during one of her visits with Cousin Molly?
10. What was Miss Marguerite's name in 1857?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In Part II, Chapter 26, Jesse and Rufus run away and learn that Abraham Lincoln has made the Emancipation Proclamation. Jesse and Rufus have no idea what they are taking about. Research the Emancipation Proclamation and examine how it affected the Civil War and slavery. How did it affect the outcome of the war? What did it entail? Why would Jesse or Rufus not know anything about it? When was it put into effect?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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