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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. Of what nationality are the four men of the first small caravan to visit the settlement?
2. Where do the boys tell Per Hansa that the red welts on their bodies came from?
3. Who are the spokesmen between the men of the large caravan and the settlers of Spring Creek?
4. Why does Per Hansa leave the camp in the middle of the night in Book 1, Chapter 1?
5. Where does Per Hansa plan on getting wood for the roof of his house?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. Why does Beret begin packing up the family's possessions in a trunk while Per Hansa is away at town in Book 1, Chapter 5?
3. Why does Tonseten need to talk to the minister in private?
4. Describe the weather in Book 1, Chapter 6. How does Beret feel about the whitewashing? What does it have to do with the weather?
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. What happens to Hans Olsa in the final chapter of the book?
7. 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?
8. In Book 1, Chapter 5, a group of settlers comes upon the Spring Creek settlement and, as Per Hansa and the other men are gone, it is left to Tonseten to greet them. What is their nationality? What is Tonseten's reaction to them and why?
9. Why does Per Hansa go to the Indian camp in Book 1, Chapter 3? What does he discover once he gets there?
10. What happens to Beret after she comes to know the minister and after he leaves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Moving out West and living on the prairie, there are bound to be interactions between Indians and settlers. At times, these can be negative interactions, but there are positive interactions. Do the settlers of Spring Creek have any interaction with the Indians in the novel? Describe these interactions. How do the settlers get along with the Indians? Do you think this was typical of the time? Provide examples of the interactions between settlers and Indians in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the place of the children in the novel and in pioneer life. We often see in the novel that Per Hansa employs his sons to help promote the family dream. How are the children treated in the novel? How do their characters develop throughout the novel? How would a family with children be more successful as opposed to a family consisting of only a husband and wife? Provide examples.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the character of Per Hansa. Is he a sympathetic character? Why or why not? What are his major downfalls? Where does he succeed? How do the aspects of his character guide his actions in the book and ultimately decide his fate? Provide examples from the book.
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