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 Samuel Gatewood's wife?

2. Why does Alexander demand that he be treated as a prisoner of war while in prison?

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

4. What does Alexander tell Samuel Gatewood's son he claimed so he could be assigned to his regiment?

5. How does Silas react after learning that his nephew had sex with a slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Jesse's men react after he reads them the Gettysburg Address?

2. How does Marguerite take control of the situation when Mingo leaves Kizzy pregnant and distraught on the road out of Wilmington?

3. What happens when Duncan meets Confederate President Davis at an event he attends with Sallie?

4. After being captured, why are the black soldiers pleading with the Confederates to be released?

5. What does the army recruiter say that convinces Jesse to join the Union army?

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

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

8. What does Silas tell Marguerite in a letter in Part IV, Chapter 61?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Jacob's Ladder" is historical fiction which is a story that is set in the past. "Jacob's Ladder" is set in the Civil War in Virginia, and therefore, it is considered historical fiction. Examine the different historical references throughout "Jacob's Ladder". What makes "Jacob's Ladder" historical fiction? Does the author make a point of centering his story on actual events that happened during the Civil War? Does he use real places and dates? Does it make his story more believable? How does it enhance the story?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have been going through tremendous changes in their lives since the war has begun. Explore the theme of coming of age, and analyze the changes in the different characters.

Part A) What does coming of age mean?

Part B) How can a catastrophic event like the Civil War cause tremendous changes in people?

Part C) How have some of the characters ideals and goals changed? What have the characters learned about themselves and life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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