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 kind of trees does Per Hansa bring back to plant around the house?

2. Of what nationality are the four men of the first small caravan to visit the settlement?

3. What kind of food does the Hansa family have to eat every night?

4. By what means is the Hansa family traveling?

5. What is the name on the stake that Per Hansa finds in the ground at Hans Olsa's southwest corner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are the new people that come upon the Spring Creek settlement in Book 1, Chapter 5 reluctant to stay there? What is Tonseten's response?

3. What type of business does Per Hansa conduct regarding the furs from the Indians?

4. How does the first group of visitors, strangers passing through on their way to settle further west, to the Spring Creek Settlement affect the settlers of Spring Creek?

5. What is Beret Hansa's emotional/mental state in Book 1, Chapter 1 of the novel? Why?

6. In Book 1, Chapter 6, we get a glimpse into the mind of Beret Hansa. Why does Beret consider her life at the settlement as a punishment from God?

7. What happens to Hans Olsa in the final chapter of the book?

8. What does Per Hansa find towards the end of Book 1, Chapter 1? Why is it important and what does it mean for the family?

9. Why don't the neighbors want to visit the Hansa house?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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