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 white settlers are left homeless from the Sioux Indian war?

3. Which of the following is NOT a topic included in the letter Karl sends to his sister?

4. What tone does Karl take in his prayer with God after his injury?

5. Why does Karl refuse to leave his farm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the reason that so many people emigrate to Lake Chisago from Sweden

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

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

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

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

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.

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