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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 does Lydia ask about in her letter to Karl?

2. Why is Johan incoherent?

3. When does Petrus get upset when he visits Kristina?

4. Where does Ulrika Jackson live?

5. What does Karl say in the letter about Christmas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Arvid die?

2. Who arrives in Center City to open a general store and how does it go for him? How do the women feel about him?

3. What does Robert tell Kristina about death and predestination?

4. Why does Kristina take note of Njord at Ulrika's party?

5. What does Karl tell Robert about the money and what is Robert's response?

6. What does Ulrika plan to do to present her baby when it is born?

7. Why does Karl get an ox and how does he get one?

8. What gift from Ulrika does Kristina dislike and why? What does Karl say about it?

9. Where does Robert go when he leaves the house and what does he imagine for a while?

10. What are two hardships that happen in 1857 and how do they affect Karl and his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Settlers, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

The Settlers, like many novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Settlers and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Settlers is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Karl and Robert. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ulrika and Kristina. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Settlers help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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