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 is the big draw for Robert in the state he wants to move to?

2. Kristina learns that Ulrika is to marry ______________________.

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

4. Kristina feels sorry for the Indians because _____________________.

5. What does Robert see in a tree that frightens him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why will Karl not allow Kristina borrow the money to pick up the letter from Sweden?

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

3. What do Karl and Kristina do for Robert and his trip?

4. How does Karl get the money to pick up the letter from Sweden?

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

6. Why can't Karl pick up the letter that has arrived from Sweden?

7. Explain how Karl and Robert are very much alike even though they do not think so.

8. Explain why money is such a source of tension between Karl and Kristina.

9. Why is the table that Karl builds such a significant element for the home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Moberg's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in UNTO A GOOD LAND.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for Karl Oskar's life. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization. Will he ever return to Sweden?

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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