Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Description is the fiction-writing mode for creating a mental image of a story. Examine the use of description in "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War". How does the author graphically describe life in Virginia during slavery and the Civil War? How are the characters described? How does the author use dialogue, imagery, and even sentence structure to help describe?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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