The Last Letter Home Test | Mid-Book 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. Which war breaks out at the novel begins?

2. How many parishioners leave the church to join Fredrick Nilsson?

3. What news is Kristina hesitant to tell Karl?

4. Who is Johannes Stenius?

5. What warning does Ulrika remind Karl of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony of Kristina's praying that her children are not left motherless, and the letter Karl receives from his sister?

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

3. How do Karl and Kristina differ on the religious aspects of killing in the war?

4. What does Jonas Petter's admonition to Sven about moving to Meeker County foreshadow?

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

6. What is Dr. Farnley's warning for Kristina which Ulrika tells Karl because Kristina is too shy to talk about it?

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 argument Karl and Nojd have regarding who really owns Karl's land?

9. How does Kristina feel about the doctor's warnings to her and what stance does Karl take on the subject?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two examples about struggle in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of struggle.

Essay Topic 2

Moberg uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see the world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe America using only your recall of Moberg's descriptions. How do you visualize rural life in 1860-1890 Minnesota now that you have read Moberg's "The Last Letter Home"?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the two major settings for the novel. Why does Moberg use the settings he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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