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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Catesby save from his holiday dinner to share with his bunkmate?

2. What does Duncan say will happen to the people of Virginia if the state falls?

3. What holiday are Catesby and his fellow soldiers celebrating that they attend a prayer meeting?

4. Where does Duncan return to two days after Christmas in Part IV, Chapter 60?

5. Where is Catesby involved in a terrible battle in Part IV, Chapter 47?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Most of the characters in "Jacob's Ladder" have no idea what the war will do to their lives. Examine how the characters' first ideas of the war differ from the actual realities of the war. How do Duncan's fantasies really have nothing in common with the realities of war? How can someone's fantasy of something almost make the reality harder to bear? Is Alexander having a harder time dealing with his reality because of his preconceived notions of war?

Essay Topic 2

In Part II, Chapter 26, Jesse and Rufus run away and learn that Abraham Lincoln has made the Emancipation Proclamation. Jesse and Rufus have no idea what they are taking about. Research the Emancipation Proclamation and examine how it affected the Civil War and slavery. How did it affect the outcome of the war? What did it entail? Why would Jesse or Rufus not know anything about it? When was it put into effect?

Essay Topic 3

Alexander and Sallie are hastily married and they both have conflicting feelings about it. They are both important characters to the story. Examine Alexander and Sallie's relationship throughout the story. How did Alexander and Sallie meet? Is Sallie nervous about taking Alexander home to meet her family? Why? How does Alexander feel about being married compared to how Sallie feels? Why do Alexander and Sallie grow apart? Do they ever get a divorce?

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