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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. When does Kristina give birth to her girl?

2. What does Karl discover about the turnips that he goes to get?

3. What is the name of the Nilsson's farm?

4. Whose scriptural interpretations does Kristina sometimes question?

5. Who does Kristina talk to who is as homesick as she is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Karl plan to take the grain, why is he taking it there and who is going with him?

2. What does Kristina ask her uncle, Danjel, about, what is his response and what does she do about his response?

3. What does Karl tell Kristina after Persson comes to dinner and what does the church warden in Sweden have to do with America?

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

5. What does Robert do when the two brothers argue about Robert, saying he is wealthy now?

6. How does Kristina feel about getting pregnant again, why does she feel that way and how does God enter into the picture?

7. What does Karl want to do about the money and what is Kristina's opinion?

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

9. Why does Karl take out the money Robert gave him and what does he think when he is looking at it?

10. Who is Kristina's best friend, where does she live and what does Kristina decide to do concerning her friend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Settlers is written in the genre of historical fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What sets historical fiction apart from other genres? Discuss several characteristics of historical fiction that are absent in other genres and vice verse.

2. Some people might say that historical fiction is merely for entertainment? Do you agree? Explain.

3. Discuss why The Settlers falls under the genre of historical fiction.

4. Why do you think literary criticism breaks down fiction into genres? Do you think the labeling of genre to a work is useful to a reader? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

After Petrus and his wife insist that Kristina break off her friendship with Ulrika, Kristina and Karl and both angry. Karl's anger is at least in part because he does not like the fact that Petrus is bossy and domineering. While Karl has been willing to listen to Petrus's advice, he doesn't like the fact that every comment from Petrus seems like an order.

1. Why do you think Kristina and Karl are angry and do you think they should be angry? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

2. There are many bossy and domineering people in life. What do you think are the character traits that might make a person bossy and domineering? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

3. There is a saying to never give advice unless you are asked for it, and sometimes even then, don't give it. Do you think this is a wise saying? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Settlers help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Settlers? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in The Settlers to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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