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 does Beret attack her boys with?

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

3. What is Tonseten's first name?

4. Who is the first to notice that the cows have gone missing after the men arrive home from town?

5. How many children are in the Hansa family?

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 does Per Hansa do with the wooden stakes that he discovers? Why? What accounts for the change in Per's demeanor during this time?

3. Describe what happens to Per Hansa when he decides to go on a trip with the men using his oxen and gets lost in a blizzard.

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

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

6. What do the settlers do to try to help Hans Olsa when he is on his death bed?

7. What is the Hansa family doing as the novel opens? Why?

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

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

10. 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?

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

Explain the significance of the title of the novel, Giants in the Earth. Who are the "giants" in the earth? What does this label designate? What is the title's relationship to the idea that the Hansa family is used as a means to tell a universal story?

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