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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 date on which Per Hansa receives a deed to the property he has claimed?

2. Why does Per Hansa leave the camp in the middle of the night in Book 1, Chapter 1?

3. What does Beret trip over as she leaves the house after a fight with Per Hansa, at the end of Book 1, Chapter 4?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. From the exchange between Tonseten and Hans Olsa in the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2, what can you gather is their opinion of Per Hansa?

2. What happens to the rest of the party that the Hansa family was traveling with?

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

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

5. Why does Per Hansa go to the Indian camp in Book 1, Chapter 3? What does he discover once he gets there?

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

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

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

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

10. What is Beret's demeanor after she gives birth to Peder Seier?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Beret Hansa goes through many ups and downs and her emotional struggle is up front for the reader to experience all through the novel. Discuss Beret's emotional state. How does it change? What prompts her depression? How do her emotion stir her actions? How does her emotional state affect the other members of the community? Where is she emotionally by the end of the novel? Provide examples from the book.

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