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

2. Whose custody is Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife released into in Part II, Chapter 23?

3. What happens to Duncan and Catesby during the fighting in Part III, Chapter 28?

4. What nickname has Samuel Gatewood's son earned from his classmates?

5. What is the name of Catesby Byrd's wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Duncan's horse, Gypsy, during the battle in Chancellorsville?

4. What happens to Duncan Gatewood when the storm, Cox's Snow, hits?

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

6. How much money is Silas going to sell Maggie for as incentive for Ellam to treat her with some respect until time for the sale?

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

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

9. Why does one of the surgeons, James Lane, ask that all the Union soldiers be taken to another surgeon for the rest of the evening?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have no idea what the war will do to their lives. Examine how the characters' first ideas of the war differ from the actual realities of the war. How do Duncan's fantasies really have nothing in common with the realities of war? How can someone's fantasy of something almost make the reality harder to bear? Is Alexander having a harder time dealing with his reality because of his preconceived notions of war?

Essay Topic 2

The book, "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War", is set during the Civil War in the South. Several of the main characters are slaves, some characters are slave owners, and a few are even against slavery. Research and examine slavery before and during the Civil War. Where was slavery dominant in America? How were slaves treated? Was slavery the reason for the Civil War? How did slavery end? Did those for slavery accept the end of slavery right away?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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