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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name on the stake that Per Hansa finds in the ground at Tonseten's southwest corner?
(a) Harden.
(b) O'Malley.
(c) O'Hara.
(d) Tonseten.

2. What does the name Store-Hans mean?
(a) Helpful hands.
(b) Little hands.
(c) Big Hans.
(d) Little Hans.

3. What does the place where the ducks live remind Per Hansa of?
(a) The ponds in Filmore County.
(b) The lakes of Norway.
(c) The bird cliffs in Finmarken.
(d) The swamps of New York.

4. How old is Hans Olsa's daughter?
(a) Ten.
(b) Nine.
(c) Five.
(d) Fifteen.

5. What kind of trees does Per Hansa bring back to plant around the house?
(a) Cherry.
(b) Plum.
(c) Fig.
(d) Peach.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the date on which Per Hansa receives a deed to the property he has claimed?

2. Who, in Book 1, Chapter 4, says, "We need a preacher, I hear...Well, now we've got one!"?

3. What does the name And-Ongen mean?

4. Which of the following does NOT describe the physical appearance of Per Hansa?

5. Where does Tonseten tell the new Norwegian settlers that they can find wood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Hans Olsa in the final chapter of the book?

2. What does Per Hansa notice about his wife in Book 1, Chapter 6? What does he think causes it and what does he try to do about it?

3. What is the Hansa family doing as the novel opens? Why?

4. In Book 1, Chapter 4, Per Hansa is surveying his property and finds wooden stakes in the ground. Where does Per find the stakes, what do they mean, and how does he react to this discovery?

5. Why does Per Hansa take a trip to the Sioux River? What does he bring back with him?

6. How does Beret find out about the name stakes that Per Hansa removes? What is her opinion of the event?

7. Describe what happens to Per Hansa when he decides to go on a trip with the men using his oxen and gets lost in a blizzard.

8. Why is Per Hansa left behind when the other men travel to town? How does he react to this?

9. How does Per Hansa die? In what position is he found?

10. In Book 1, Chapter 6, we get a glimpse into the mind of Beret Hansa. Why does Beret consider her life at the settlement as a punishment from God?

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