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. How does Karl feel about being rejected by the army?

2. Karl trusts only _______________ and does not pray.

3. The Swedish wife of the Baptist minister is _____________________.

4. Who tries to warn Sven to not move to Meeker County?

5. Kristina believes that ______________________ does not affect a connection with God.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Karl behave in the years after Kristina's death?

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

3. What are Karl's feelings about God after the death of Kristina?

4. How do Karl and Kristina differ in their views on the Civil War?

5. Why does Karl not evacuate to town when the other settlers are doing so?

6. What injury does Karl sustain that will plague him for the rest of his life?

7. What is Manda Svensson's moral dilemma regarding the baptism of her son and what advice does Kristina give her?

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

9. What is Kristina's state of mind during her illness and why does Karl not tell her about the ringing church bells?

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

Essay 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

Karl spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

Essay Topic 3

Fear takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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