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. Who harbors a runaway slave in Part I, Chapter 7?

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

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

4. What does Silas do for a living?

5. What does a Confederate solider tell Rufus and Jesse before shooting Rufus in the chest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the judge sentence Sallie and Alexander to for being abolitionists?

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

6. What does Silas tell his crew before he leaves to Richmond in Part IV, Chapter 57?

7. What does a superior officer say to Duncan and his fellow cadets after they rush to get their weapons and regain their honor when the Union cadets pick a fight with them?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Marguerite tells many stories of several different characters throughout the story. This is a literary device that writers use called a story-within-a-story. Explore the author's use of the literary device story-within-a-story in the novel "Jacob's Ladder". Is the author using stories-within-a-story to give it a more historical feel? Or is the author using stories-within-a-story to give background about particular characters or events? How is this literary device effective in the novel "Jacob's Ladder"?

Essay Topic 2

Marguerite and Silas's relationship has quickly changed and grown into something more. In fact, Silas treats Jacob, Marguerite's child, as if he were his own. Analyze Silas and Marguerite's relationship and discuss how it changes throughout the novel. How do Silas and Marguerite meet? How does Marguerite really feel about Silas? Is she just using him for money? How does Silas really feel about Marguerite? Why is Marguerite worried about having a child with Silas?

Essay Topic 3

Miss Marguerite is the narrator and one of the main characters in "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War". Analyze the character of Miss Marguerite throughout her different name changes in her life: Midge, Maggie, and Marguerite. How did Marguerite change with each name? How does this influence the overall story? Where is Midge from, and where does she live? Who owns Midge? What is different about Midge's race from that of other slaves?

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