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. What is Karl's last name?

2. To whom has Karl left his farm?

3. What is the name of the homestead act which encouraged Swedish people to immigrate to Minnesota?

4. What is the name of Karl's home parish?

5. William J. Sturgis of Company B of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment carries an Indian alarm 120 miles in only ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Karl embarrass his sons sometimes when he speaks now that he is older?

3. How does Ulrika reveal to Karl that she donated the bridal crown to the village church?

4. Which of Karl and Kristina's relatives are killed in the first Indian attack, and who is the only one to survive?

5. Why do the Sioux Indians initiate war against the white settlers?

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

7. What is the toll on the settlers during the Sioux Indian war?

8. How does the Indian cliff take on a more threatening presence as the Indian attacks increase?

9. How many Sioux Indians did President Lincoln pardon, and how did the remaining 38 behave on the way to the gallows?

10. What does Karl learn about why Klas Albert had paid for the wheat shipment back to Sweden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moberg is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Moberg's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in "The Last Letter Home".

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