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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. Why does Per Hans walk so far ahead of the caravan?
(a) He has a lot of energy to burn off.
(b) He is lost and doesn't want to tell his wife.
(c) He has to flatten the grass so the caravan can pass.
(d) He doesn't like his family.

2. Of what nationality is the large caravan that was the second to arrive at Spring Creek?
(a) English.
(b) Irish.
(c) Scandinavian.
(d) Dutch.

3. What does Per Hansa find on his plot of land when he first goes to inspect it?
(a) A grave.
(b) A garden.
(c) A gun.
(d) A fox.

4. As the novel opens, what time of day is it?
(a) Early morning.
(b) Late afternoon.
(c) Late morning.
(d) Early afternoon.

5. What is the name of Tonseten's wife?
(a) Kirsten.
(b) Alana.
(c) Kjersti.
(d) Freya.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the boys tell Per Hansa that the red welts on their bodies came from?

2. What chore does Per Hansa give to Ole while he is away at town?

3. What town does Per Hansa travel to in Book 1, Chapter 5 to get supplies?

4. What is the name on the stake that Per Hansa finds in the ground at Hans Olsa's southwest corner?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Hansa family.

2. In the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2, we see Hans Olsa at work. What is he busy doing and why does he keep getting distracted?

3. Who has a problem with Per Hansa's house? Why? What does this character do when Per Hansa ignores his advice?

4. From the exchange between Tonseten and Hans Olsa in the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2, what can you gather is their opinion of Per Hansa?

5. What happens to the cows of the settlement toward the end of Book 1, Chapter 3? What is the reaction of the settlers?

6. Describe Per Hansa's interaction with the Indians in Book 1, Chapter 3. Why do you think he is so concerned about the ailing chief?

7. What does Per Hansa do with the wooden stakes that he discovers? Why? What accounts for the change in Per's demeanor during this time?

8. Why do the Solum boys want to travel back East for the winter? What do they ask of Per Hansa and what is his reaction?

9. After the locusts first come and the men finish plowing the fields, Per goes to check on Beret to see how she has fared during the attack. What does he find when he returns home and how does he react?

10. How does Beret change in the last chapter of the book?

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