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. When it snows, Karl makes a rope of ________________ to tie between the house and the shed.

2. What job does Elin get in town?

3. Kristina uses a concoction of rabbit fat and _____________ to wash the skunk smell out of Johan's clothes.

4. What did Karl bring with him from Sweden which he realizes now will be very helpful?

5. Who had paid for the passage of the man in #125 to America?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who loans Karl a cow for the winter, and why is the loan such a blessing to the family?

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

5. What is the irony of all the fodder that Karl has available to him now?

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

7. What is Robert's plan for departing California and why does Arvid hesitate to go with him at first?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Moberg use the literary technique of local color in UNTO A GOOD LAND? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Swedish establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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