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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

The theme or struggle of man versus himself is present in the novel, specifically through Per Hansa, but it can also be seen in other characters. Discuss this struggle within the novel. How is it present? How does it affect the character involved in the struggle and the other characters in the family or settlement? Provide examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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