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. Who is the interpreter in the conversation between the men of the large caravan and the settlers of Spring Creek?

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

3. What is Tonseten's first name?

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

5. What is Tonseten's problem with Per Hansa's house as he is building it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who goes to look for the cattle? What happens when this character returns?

2. In Book 1, Chapter 4, Per Hansa is surveying his property and finds wooden stakes in the ground. Where does Per find the stakes, what do they mean, and how does he react to this discovery?

3. Describe the Hansa family.

4. 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?

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

6. Describe the Hansa family's caravan.

7. How does Henry Solum's teach school in the settlement?

8. How do the men convince the Solum boys to stay in Spring Creek for the winter?

9. What is the minister's response to Per after he tells the minister his concerns about Beret?

10. Why does Per Hansa take a trip to the Sioux River? What does he bring back with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the place of the children in the novel and in pioneer life. We often see in the novel that Per Hansa employs his sons to help promote the family dream. How are the children treated in the novel? How do their characters develop throughout the novel? How would a family with children be more successful as opposed to a family consisting of only a husband and wife? 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

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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