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

3. Which of the following is NOT a type of seed that Beret brought to plant in addition to the main crop?

4. ***Which of the following is NOT one of the items that Per Hansa barters for on his visit to town in Book 1, Chapter 5?

5. How old is Hans Olsa's daughter?

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. The second group of visitors to arrive on Spring Creek is a large caravan of Irish frontiersmen and women. What is the controversy between the group of Irish folks and the settlers of Spring Creek? How is it resolved?

3. What does the woman who has been tied in the back of the wagon do while she is at Per Hansa's house?

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

5. Why is Beret so afraid when Per Hansa leaves the settlement to go on trips?

6. 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?

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

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

9. Describe the Hansa family.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Pick one of the more minor characters in the novel and discuss their character and personality and the way it affects other characters and their place in the community. You can pick from: Tonseten, Kjersti, Sorine, Hans Olsa, or one of the Solum boys. How does this character find his/her place in the community? What is his/her role in the development of the community? Explain using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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