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 kind of trees does Per Hansa bring back to plant around the house?

2. By what means is the Hansa family traveling?

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

4. Why does Per Hans walk so far ahead of the caravan?

5. How many men are in the first group of Norwegian settlers that come to Spring Creek?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what is happening when the locusts come to the settlement. What is the reaction of the settlers?

3. Describe the Hansa family's caravan.

4. 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?

5. What is Beret Hansa's emotional/mental state in Book 1, Chapter 1 of the novel? Why?

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. Describe the weather in Book 1, Chapter 6. How does Beret feel about the whitewashing? What does it have to do with the weather?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the style of the novel. Include in your discussion the importance of the title of the chapters, the pacing of the novel, the way the themes are used, and other style elements involved. Provide examples of the author's style and discuss whether the style is effective in this type of novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the hardships of pioneer life. What are the hardships faced by the pioneers in the first year? Do the hardships change in subsequent years? Or does the life get any easier? How do the pioneers note their progression or success in their settlements? Explain using examples from the book.

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