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. After finally leaving the hospital, what Confederate President do Duncan and his sister meet at an event?

2. What does Duncan never wear now that he has lost his arm?

3. While traveling home from prayer meeting, renegades stop Alexander's buggy. What do they tell the Danzinger boy who is traveling with him?

4. Why is Catesby's son not a help to his family?

5. What does Marguerite demand from the bank after she notices Silas's invoices were not filed correctly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do Jesse's men react after he reads them the Gettysburg Address?

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

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

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

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

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

"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 3

Marguerite tells many stories of several different characters throughout the story. This is a literary device that writers use called a story-within-a-story. Explore the author's use of the literary device story-within-a-story in the novel "Jacob's Ladder". Is the author using stories-within-a-story to give it a more historical feel? Or is the author using stories-within-a-story to give background about particular characters or events? How is this literary device effective in the novel "Jacob's Ladder"?

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