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. Where is Silas killed?

2. Duncan tells his sister about the Union and Confederate troops camping so near each other that the music from the Union camp could be heard clearly. What song do the Union musicians play at the Confederate troops' request?

3. What do Jesse's men call Abraham Lincoln?

4. What is the name of Silas's ship that he is awaiting the arrival of in Part IV, Chapter 53?

5. Whom does Duncan see at an event he attends that he manages a private conversation with in Part III, Chapter 43?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Jesse take Duncan after getting him out of the Confederate prison?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What do Marguerite's grown children tell the girl who has been interviewing her at the birthday party?

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

10. Duncan runs into Midge, now Marguerite Omohundru, at an event, what do they talk about in their private conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Examine the different historical references throughout "Jacob's Ladder".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

Throughout "Jacob's Ladder" there are families that grow, families that are torn apart, and families that stick together. Love is what binds these families together and the lack of love is often what tears them apart. Analyze the theme of family and love throughout the novel. How important is the theme of family in the novel? What examples from the book demonstrate how much Samuel's family means to him? What does family mean to Marguerite? Whom does she love?

Essay Topic 3

Duncan and Midge have a tumultuous relationship, which is a very important conflict in "Jacob's Ladder". Analyze Midge and Duncan's relationship and its overall effect on the story. Where are they from? How did they meet? What do they look like? How do they feel about each other? Do they trust each other?

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