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. What does Catesby agree to on his final bet?

3. How many years does the judge sentence Alexander Kirkpatrick and his wife to serve in jail?

4. After traveling to where the slaves are held, with whom does Silas's nephew have sex?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ellam Omohundru do with Maggie in Part I, Chapter 10?

5. What happens to Duncan during the big battle at McDowell?

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

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

8. How is Alexander assigned to Duncan's regiment?

9. What was Miss Marguerite's name in 1857?

10. How do Rufus and Jesse escape Stratford Plantation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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