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 Jesse think about the man that he sees coming down the road in Part IV, Chapter 52?

2. What did Uther teach Duncan and Jesse to do in their youth?

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

4. What is the name of Catesby's bunkmate in Part III, Chapter 42?

5. What does Marguerite invite the girl that is interviewing her to at her home that night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why have the renegades stopped the Danzinger family and Alexander's buggy in Part IV, Chapter 44?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The war has caused tremendous changes not only in the characters but also in society. Each character deals with these changes in a different way. Analyze the theme of change in the novel, particularly how it pertains to society. How have these changes affected the characters? What changes have been for the better? What changes have been for the worse? Does something as catastrophic as war need to happen to bring about great change?

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