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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 city does the group arrive at in Chapter 7?

2. One of the first men to welcome the new settlers is Samuel ______________.

3. How far is Karl's homestead from the town of Taylor Falls?

4. Robert hopes to earn enough money to find a doctor to help with ________________________.

5. Who is Karl's younger brother who is also on the trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two major obstacles that the immigrants must face as they leave the steamboat at Stillwater?

2. What are Kristina's feelings about her new house in America and what is the only positive thing she can say to Karl?

3. Why do a few men leave the ship with a bundle and shovels when it stops?

4. Why does Ulrika hope for a better life in America?

5. How had Karl determined where he wanted to settle in America?

6. Who is Henry O. Jackson and how does he help the group?

7. Who was Anna and why does Kristine bring up her name as they search for Lill-Marta?

8. When does the group encounter Anders and why is Fina-Kajsa upset with him?

9. What is the nature of Robert's health problem and how did he sustain it?

10. What happens to Karl when he goes ashore to buy food one day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Moberg's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Moberg uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see the world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe America using only your recall of Moberg's descriptions. How do you visualize rural life in 1850s Minnesota now that you have read Moberg's UNTO A GOOD LAND?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of the quest for a better life will be an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the quest for a better life throughout the book.

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