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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Karl tells Kristina that he wants to go to war, what does she ask him to wait for?
(a) Their wedding anniversary.
(b) The birth of the baby.
(c) Conscription.
(d) The harvest.

2. Kristina maintains that ____________________ is wrong about her illness.
(a) the doctor.
(b) Karl.
(c) Ulrika.
(d) God.

3. Kristina is pregnant with her ______________ child.
(a) third.
(b) twelfth.
(c) sixth.
(d) ninth.

4. What is Kristina looking for at the beginning of Chapter XI?
(a) Her scissors.
(b) A lamb.
(c) Her daughter.
(d) A lost cow.

5. Karl trusts only _______________ and does not pray.
(a) Ulrika.
(b) Kristina.
(c) himself.
(d) Danjel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What crop is Karl Oskar ready to plant as news of the war comes?

2. Which war breaks out at the novel begins?

3. How does Karl view Kristina's pregnancy?

4. After her diagnosis, Kristina feels that she is useless as ________________.

5. Who is Johannes Stenius?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first rule for immigrants and how does the author use the story of Anders Mansson's suicide to show it?

2. What is Pastor Stenius' stance on where his religious powers reside and what role does he play in the disruption of the settlers and their religious beliefs?

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

4. What are the circumstances in which Karl and Kristina become intimate again?

5. Why does Kristina compare going to the doctor to immigrating?

6. How do Karl and Kristina differ in their views when Karl is rejected by the army?

7. What is the author foreshadowing by writing about Karl's dreams of tilling his oak stand and the mention of the church bells?

8. What is the symbolism of the Astrakhan apple tree for Kristina?

9. How is Karl conflicted between his civic duty and his wife's pleas regarding his decision to enlist for war?

10. What decision does Kristina make for herself regarding which religion to follow and how does she show independence in her relationship with God?

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