The Last Letter Home Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the premise of "The Last Letter Home"?

"The Last Letter Home" by Vilhelm Moberg is a narrative about the lives of a Swedish family who immigrated to Minnesota, searching for a better life. Karl and Kristina Nilsson struggle to make their land support their family while raising their children in the midst of the Civil War and the Sioux war against white settlers. When Kristina dies, Karl must learn how to continue on without his helpmate of twenty years. "The Last Letter Home" is a novel that details the trials that immigrants faced after enduring the difficulty of relocating their families halfway across the world.

2. How does Karl's rational side emerge when Civil War breaks out in America?

The first chapter introduces the main characters, Karl and Kristina, and though Civil War breaks out, Karl continues working in his fields because people need food whether there is war or not, showing his rational side. Karl wants to enlist when the President sends a call for troops, but he knows he must first tend to his duty regarding his farm to ensure his family is taken care of and people have food.

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