Giants in the Earth Test | Mid-Book 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 animal does Tonseten say he manages to hunt and kill using his crowbar?

2. Who is the author of Giants of the Earth?

3. What is the name of Tonseten's wife?

4. What type of injury does the sick Indian have?

5. By what means is the Hansa family traveling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What business proposition does Torkel Tallaksen present to Per Hansa? What is Per Hansa's response?

2. Describe Per Hansa's plan for his house.

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

4. What is Beret's attitude towards Per Hansa's success as a businessman? How does he feel about her attitude?

5. Describe the arrival of the minister and his physical appearance.

6. What do Hans Olsa, Tonseten and Harry Solum bring back from their trip to town? What is the atmosphere of the settlement when the men return?

7. The second group of visitors to arrive on Spring Creek is a large caravan of Irish frontiersmen and women. What is the controversy between the group of Irish folks and the settlers of Spring Creek? How is it resolved?

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

9. What does the woman who has been tied in the back of the wagon do while she is at Per Hansa's house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme or struggle of man versus man is also present in the novel usually involving the men in the settlement versus men outside the settlement, but there are also struggles within the settlement as well. Discuss the struggles within the novel. How do the men deal with these struggles and how do they get past them? What lessons are learned through these struggles and how do they affect the settlement? Explain using examples.

Essay Topic 2

Isolation and loneliness are important parts of the novel especially in the beginning when the settlers first come to the place where they will live. Discuss the themes of isolation and loneliness in the novel. How are they exhibited in the novel? Are they experienced by any specific characters or are they a universal feeling? How would these themes affect a pioneer family? Provide examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The novel includes many religious and Biblical aspects whether they were subtle allusions to the Bible or religious sayings or outright preaching and ministry. Discuss the religious aspects of the novel. Which character or characters are most involved in the religious aspects? How is religion or Biblical allusion part of the daily life of the settlers? What part does religion play in their lives? Provide examples from the book.

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