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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 would increase his harvest?

2. What does Kristina sometimes feel disappointed about when she wakes in the morning?

3. Who moved to America with Karl and his family?

4. Who decided to try to make a fortune on gold in California?

5. What does Petrus call foolish?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Karl react when Robert responds to Karl's accusations and what does Robert do in response?

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

4. How did Robert get out of the desert and where do he and Mario go after the desert incident? What happens to Mario there?

5. How does Robert end up with the four thousand dollars he gave Karl?

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

7. What happens with Johan and why when a storm hits when Karl and Johan are on the road?

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

9. What does Karl tell Petrus about Karl's brother, Robert?

10. How did Robert and Arvid get to St. Louis and what do they find out about where they are headed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Petrus says that he was exiled from Sweden for his religious beliefs and he touts the need for religious freedom. In reaction, ironically, Petrus becomes completely intolerant of anyone who believes anything other than what he teaches. He eventually tells Kristina that she must end her friendship with Ulrika because of Ulrika's faith in the Baptist denomination.

1. Discuss reasons why someone who is oppressed for beliefs would then become an oppressor. Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

2. It is often said the more a belief is oppressed the stronger that belief becomes. Do you think this is true? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

3. Discuss in depth why religious freedom might be beneficial to a nation. Use examples from the text and your own knowledge to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How did the death of Arvid affect Robert? What about Robert's death? How was Karl's reaction to both deaths similar and different?

4. Discuss why the Nilssons moving to America was a type of death for the Nilsson family. Use examples from the book to illustrate your discussion.

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