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. How old is Hans Olsa's daughter?

2. Where do the settlers have to go to make their claim to the land official?

3. Who, in Book 1, Chapter 4, says, "We need a preacher, I hear...Well, now we've got one!"?

4. What task does Per Hansa give to Ola when he returns from town in Book 1, Chapter 5?

5. What chore does Per Hansa give to Ole while he is away at town?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. How does Beret change in the last chapter of the book?

6. In the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2, we see Hans Olsa at work. What is he busy doing and why does he keep getting distracted?

7. Why do the Solum boys want to travel back East for the winter? What do they ask of Per Hansa and what is his reaction?

8. 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?

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

10. How does Per Hansa die? In what position is he found?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The novel includes many religious and Biblical aspects whether they were subtle allusions to the Bible or religious sayings or outright preaching and ministry. Discuss the religious aspects of the novel. Which character or characters are most involved in the religious aspects? How is religion or Biblical allusion part of the daily life of the settlers? What part does religion play in their lives? Provide examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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