The Last Letter Home Test | Final 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 Karl refuse to leave his farm?

2. Which one of Karl's sons works for a timber company?

3. In what town were the condemned Sioux Indians hanged in 1862?

4. What language does Karl speak most of the time now?

5. What disappoints Karl about Marta's wedding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Ulrika's true reason for giving the bridal crown to the village church?

3. Why does Karl decide to send wheat back to Sweden and why does he send his best crop?

4. What item does Klas Albert convince Karl to buy, and what benefit does it bring to Karl's family?

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

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

7. What occurs to exaggerate Karl's anxiety while Kristina is ill?

8. What is Karl's perspective on God since he has sustained his injury?

9. Who is William J. Sturgis, and what heroic act did he perform in the duty of warning settlers about the Indian attacks?

10. How does the changing Indian cliff serve as a metaphor for the sorrows of the Sioux Indians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Moberg use the literary technique of local color in "The Last Letter Home"? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Swedish establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Ulrika. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What is her life like? What motivates her during his lifetime?

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