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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. Which of Danjel's children dies on board the steamer ship?

2. Karl is surprised to learn that Anders has only ____________ acres plowed in the time he has lived in America.

3. What is Anna Johansdotter's nickname?

4. Why is Robert hurriedly studying English?

5. What is the name of the ship that will take the group almost all the way to their destination?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Lill-Marta and why does she cause such alarm as the boat is ready to depart?

3. What does Sigurd Thomasson warn the group about as they continue their journey?

4. What is the ship that arrives in Chapter 1 and why are the passengers detained from disembarking?

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

6. How is Karl selected as leader of the group and who is the man who will act as their guide to the new homesteads?

7. What are Robert's plans for his life in America and how does he prepare?

8. How does Robert's misunderstanding of the English language create a problem between Ulrika and Karl?

9. Why does Danjel think his little girl died?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of the family in UNTO A GOOD LAND. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How do all the passengers on the ship become a family of sorts? How are they bound like a family is bound together? Why is this bond stronger than natural ones in some cases?

Essay Topic 2

Karl spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two examples about struggle in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of struggle.

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