Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War Test | Final 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 does Marguerite demand from the bank after she notices Silas's invoices were not filed correctly?

2. Who has died in Part IV, Chapter 60, that the grandmother continually prayers about?

3. What are the names of Marguerite's servants, who were former slaves?

4. What does Alexander's leader tell him to do when the person stumbles into their camp in Part IV, Chapter 54?

5. At the beginning of Part IV, Chapter 51, what are Abigail and Opal planting at the plantation?

Short Essay Questions

1. While leading the A Company near Fairfax City, Virginia, what does the surgeon named Potts remind Jesse to have his men do?

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

3. What does Duncan tell Sallie happened when the Union and Confederate troops were camped very closely to each other in Part III, Chapter 39?

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

5. After being captured, what does Alexander say when one of the officers asks him what happened to make him fall into this group?

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

7. How does Jesse describe Abraham Lincoln after he sees him coming down the road in Part IV, Chapter 52?

8. What does Jesse learn that the surgeon name Potts has done that upsets him?

9. What do the Union soldiers take when they stop Marguerite and her servants on the road as they leave Wilmington?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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