The Settlers Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Karl think he should have done with the turnip ditch?

2. What does Ulrika tell Kristina about an American husband?

3. What does Ulrika's husband do?

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

5. For what was Danjel Andreasson exiled from Sweden?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has happened to Kristina that makes her worry and wonder how Karl will react?

3. Who does Karl meet in the forest and what does he do after he meets the man?

4. What happens in front of the house when Karl arrives home with his new friend, and what is Karl's explanation about the incident?

5. How does Robert get money from Mario and what does he do immediately after Mario's death?

6. What happens when Kristina asks Erland to provide sacrament for her family?

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

8. How do Robert and Arvid set off for California from St. Louis?

9. What does Karl write in his letter to his parents?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Kristina is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations where Kristina demonstrates her fear and hopelessness. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Kristina's character flaws and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Kristina's character flaws make some situations more difficult for her?

3. After analyzing Kristina's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Kristina is the "hero" of the story. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of isolation in The Settlers. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters seem most isolated? Why? What are some symbols of isolation? What characters seem to enjoy isolation? Which characters feel the most isolated? Which characters seem the least isolated?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of religion in The Settlers. How important is religion to the settlers? What do you think would have happened to Kristina if they had not had religion? Would her life have been better or worse?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family. Compare/contrast how the people of The Settlers view family with your own culture. Which is most like your own view of family ties?

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