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. What does Hans Olsa tell Per Hansa he has lost on his journey to their new home?

3. Why do the members of the large caravan, who had decided to settle close to Spring Creek, come to Per Hansa's farm?

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

5. Where is the Hansa family headed?

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. Describe Per Hansa's plan for his house.

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

4. What is some of Beret's strange behavior that Per Hansa shares with the minister?

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

6. What do the settlers discuss changing their names to? What name does Per refuse and what name does he decide would be a good name for his family?

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

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

9. What happens to the Irish frontiersmen after their fight with the settlers of Spring Creek over the land?

10. What is the story of the man and woman who come to Spring Creek with the woman tied up in the wagon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's success in realistically displaying pioneer life in the mid 1800s. Are there any parts of pioneer life that the author did not discuss? What does this novel teach us about the trials of pioneer life? What do the characters teach us about the value of life and following our dreams?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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