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

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. Whom does Alexander Kirkpatrick's wife hesitate to visit but eventually goes to see in Part III, Chapter 39?

4. What do the Union soldiers take from Marguerite and her servants as they are preparing to leave the city?

5. What does Alexander seem to be almost proud of at the end of Part IV, Chapter 59?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book, "Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War", is set during the Civil War in the South. Several of the main characters are slaves, some characters are slave owners, and a few are even against slavery. Research and examine slavery before and during the Civil War. Where was slavery dominant in America? How were slaves treated? Was slavery the reason for the Civil War? How did slavery end? Did those for slavery accept the end of slavery right away?

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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