The Settlers Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Robert and Arvid doing when they meet Mario?

2. Where does Karl go when he leaves the house?

3. What are Robert and Arvid told about the road to California when they arrive in St. Louis?

4. What does Robert say about his ear?

5. What does Robert do with Kristina when Karl goes to Stillwater?

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

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Moberg wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout The Settlers and discuss Moberg's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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