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. Where does Beret Hansa remember the family landed when they crossed the ocean from Norway?

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

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

4. Of what nationality is the large caravan that was the second to arrive at Spring Creek?

5. What does Beret make for breakfast using the flour before Per goes to see the Hallings?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is Beret's reaction when the minister tries to baptize Peder Seier? Explain her reaction.

4. How do the men convince the Solum boys to stay in Spring Creek for the winter?

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

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

7. What are the effects of the winter of 1880-1881 on the settlement at Spring Creek?

8. What happens to Beret after she comes to know the minister and after he leaves?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Giants in the Earth is full of lush description and vivid imagery. Discuss this imagery, using several examples from the book. Where and how does the author use devices such as personification, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, etc.? How do they add to the novel? What impact do they have on the reader?

Essay Topic 2

The men and the women in the novel seem to have very separate and distinct roles in the novel. Describe the different roles in the novel. What are the roles of the men? Are these roles of typical pioneer men? What are the roles of the women? Are these roles of typical pioneer women? How are the men and women separated or characterized in the novel? Provide examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Beret Hansa goes through many ups and downs and her emotional struggle is up front for the reader to experience all through the novel. Discuss Beret's emotional state. How does it change? What prompts her depression? How do her emotion stir her actions? How does her emotional state affect the other members of the community? Where is she emotionally by the end of the novel? Provide examples from the book.

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