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

2. Miss Marguerite begins telling the traveling young woman in Part I, Chapter 1 a story. When does the story take place?

3. What does Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife wish she had done before she was sentenced to jail?

4. Where is Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife sent to work after she is released from jail?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What incident does Miss Marguerite begin with when telling her story to the young woman in Part I, Chapter 1?

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

4. What does Silas do to Ellam when he learns of his treatment of Maggie?

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

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

7. What does the prison keeper tell Sallie about Alexander during one of her visits with Cousin Molly?

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

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

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

Throughout "Jacob's Ladder" there are families that grow, families that are torn apart, and families that stick together. Love is what binds these families together and the lack of love is often what tears them apart. Analyze the theme of family and love throughout the novel. How important is the theme of family in the novel? What examples from the book demonstrate how much Samuel's family means to him? What does family mean to Marguerite? Whom does she love?

Essay Topic 2

Cousin Molly is an interesting character in that she seems to be clinging to the past that no longer exists. She becomes very important in Sallie's life and therefore an important character in the story. Analyze the character of Cousin Molly and her effect on Sallie. How does Molly meet Sallie? Why does Molly want to help Sallie? How does Molly use her humor to help get Sallie to trust her? What kind of person is Molly? How does Molly become a lifeline for Sallie during her prison sentence?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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