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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. What has Karl never regretted in his life?
2. What seems to bother Karl as he watches over Kristina?
3. What food does Sven prepare to give to the Sioux who come to his farm?
4. What do the condemned Sioux Indians do on the way to the gallows?
5. Karl is happy that he had sent ______________ to his home parish in Sweden.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Karl not evacuate to town when the other settlers are doing so?
2. What is the toll on the settlers during the Sioux Indian war?
3. How does Ulrika reveal to Karl that she donated the bridal crown to the village church?
4. Who is William J. Sturgis, and what heroic act did he perform in the duty of warning settlers about the Indian attacks?
5. Why do the Sioux Indians initiate war against the white settlers?
6. What does Karl think about the coffins he has built in his life as he builds Kristina's coffin?
7. What injury does Karl sustain that will plague him for the rest of his life?
8. Why is Ulrika upset at her son's choice of occupation?
9. Why does Karl decide to send wheat back to Sweden and why does he send his best crop?
10. What is confirmed about Kristina's illness when she has abdominal pain and bleeding again?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.
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
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.
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