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. Why does Kristina not want to go to the doctor?

2. Karl Oskar is the owner of the first settlement at _____________________.

3. What is the predominant religion in the St. Croix Valley area?

4. The Swedish immigrants of the St. Croix Valley are divided on ___________________.

5. Whose mother does Karl find dead in a field?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Indian cliff symbolize in the story?

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

4. What are Kristina's beliefs about the way white Christians treat the Indians?

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

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

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 topic does Ulrika bring up to Karl one day which embarrasses him?

9. How do Karl and Kristina differ in their views of what her new pregnancy means?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Karl Oskar. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of life does he live? What motivates him during his lifetime?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book? List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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