Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War Test | Final Test - Hard

Donald McCaig
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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 do the Union soldiers tell Marguerite's servants after besetting them on the road?

2. What does Silas warn Marguerite about before he leaves to become a solider in the Confederate Army?

3. Why is Duncan uncertain about marriage?

4. Why is Silas in the Confederate Army in Part IV, Chapter 61?

5. How does Silas describe the conditions in the Confederate Army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Duncan tell Sallie about Midge when she comes to visit him in the hospital?

2. What happens at the Appomattox Courthouse that Duncan and Thomas Byrd are present at in Part IV, Chapter 68?

3. What does Sallie realize about her Cousin Molly's attitude in Part IV, Chapter 50?

4. What happens to the young Union soldier who stumbles into the camp of Alexander and the other renegades in Part IV, Chapter 54?

5. What happens to Jesse and the other black soldiers who are captured by the Confederates after a battle?

6. After pulling over the Danzinger family's buggy, what do the renegades order Alexander to do after they question Seth about being a spy?

7. After telling his wife, Leona, in a letter that he has become a Christian, what does Catesby urge his wife, Leona, to do?

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

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

10. While traveling on their way home from a prayer meeting, what does young Seth Danzinger talk about with Alexander?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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