Unto a Good Land a Novel Test | Final 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 name is given to the new baby?

2. Who will christen the new baby?

3. How much money does Karl give Robert for his trip to California?

4. What does Karl believe about the Indians?

5. When do Karl and Kristina move into their new home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of the expenditures Karl has in the building of the house.

2. Describe Robert's harried hunting trip when he spies an Indian in a tree.

3. What are some of the signs in nature that signal the coming of Spring?

4. When does Robert decide to leave Minnesota and what does he tell Karl about it?

5. How does Robert convince Karl that he can take care of himself?

6. What challenges does Kristina face in feeding her family at their new homestead?

7. What motivates Karl to work even harder on the new cabin, with whose help does it get accomplished, and how is the home celebrated?

8. What news does Karl share in a letter to his parents?

9. What is Robert's plan for his future?

10. Why are Karl and Robert at odds over the Indian in the woods episode?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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