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

2. Where do the Sioux Indians kill Sven and Danjel?

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

4. What do the Sioux Indians take from Sven's farm after the massacre?

5. What item does Klas Albert convince Karl to buy for the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the state of Kristina's health after three days and how does she behave that frightens Karl?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for Karl Oskar's children's lives. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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"?

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