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 is Per Hansa's purpose for buying the twine and knitting a net?

2. What does Per Hansa do after he finds the stakes in the ground?

3. Who does Per Hansa send down to the creek to look for the missing cows?

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

5. Where does Beret Hansa remember the family landed when they crossed the ocean from Norway?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book 1, Chapter 5, what does Per Hansa discover in Worthington that so delights him? How does he come upon it and what does he decide to do?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. Describe the Hansa family.

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

7. After the locusts first come and the men finish plowing the fields, Per goes to check on Beret to see how she has fared during the attack. What does he find when he returns home and how does he react?

8. Why does Beret agree with Per Hansa's plans for the house? Does she explain this reasoning to her husband? Why or why not?

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

10. What is the story of the man and woman who come to Spring Creek with the woman tied up in the wagon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a new found community, there are going to be good things that happen within the community and negative things as well. Discuss the positive or successful elements in the settlement on Spring Creek as well as the negative or unfortunate moments. How do they define the characters involved or the settlement itself? Provide examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the author's success in realistically displaying pioneer life in the mid 1800s. Are there any parts of pioneer life that the author did not discuss? What does this novel teach us about the trials of pioneer life? What do the characters teach us about the value of life and following our dreams?

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