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 is the first crop that Per Hansa wants to plant on his land?

2. How many wagons does the large caravan that was the second to arrive at Spring Creek consist of?

3. What is the name on the stake that Per Hansa finds in the ground at Tonseten's southwest corner?

4. Who is Per Hansa?

5. As the novel opens, what time of day is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Hans Olsa in the final chapter of the book?

4. What happens after Per Hansa plants his seeds in the ground in Book 2, Chapter 2? How does Per react?

5. 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?

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. Why does Tonseten need to talk to the minister in private?

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

9. 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?

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss the dynamic of husbands and wives in the novel and in pioneer life. How is this dynamic present among the settlers in Spring Creek? What is the relationship between Per Hansa and Beret? Hans Olsa and Sorine? Tonseten and Kjersti? How do these relationships differ? Which of these relationships do you think is the best. Explain using examples from the book.

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