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

2. How many Sioux Indians are sentenced to death for their part in the war between the Sioux and the white settlers?

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

4. What is the possible reason that Karl and Kristina are not attacked by the Sioux Indians?

5. Who notifies Karl about the Indian uprising?

Short Essay Questions

1. What food does Karl give to Kristina and how does Karl know that Kristina is dead?

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

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

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

5. What is confirmed about Kristina's illness when she has abdominal pain and bleeding again?

6. What things does Karl tell Lydia in last letter to her?

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

8. Why is Ulrika upset at her son's choice of occupation?

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

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

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".

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the two major settings for the novel. Why does Moberg use the settings he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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