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 Catesby tell his wife, in a letter, that he has given up?

2. After saying some things that Jesse and the men working alongside him in Washington do not like, what does the recruiter say that gains Jesse's attention?

3. Where is Silas killed?

4. What birthday is Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife nearing in Part IV, Chapter 50?

5. Duncan is somewhat annoyed by the Confederate President at the event. What does he ask him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the Union soldiers tell Kizzy and Mingo after stopping them on the road as they leave Wilmington?

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

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

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

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

9. What does the army recruiter say that convinces Jesse to join the Union army?

10. What does the girl that is interviewing Marguerite tell her she is getting continual pressure to do in Part III, Chapter 39?

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

Many of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have been going through tremendous changes in their lives since the war has begun. Explore the theme of coming of age, and analyze the changes in the different characters.

Part A) What does coming of age mean?

Part B) How can a catastrophic event like the Civil War cause tremendous changes in people?

Part C) How have some of the characters ideals and goals changed? What have the characters learned about themselves and life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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