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

2. As the novel opens, what time of day is it?

3. What is the name of the Hansas' rifle?

4. Who does Per Hansa take with him to meet the Indians?

5. How many wagons does the large caravan that was the second to arrive at Spring Creek consist of?

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. 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?

3. What do the settlers do to try to help Hans Olsa when he is on his death bed?

4. Describe the Hansa family.

5. 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?

6. What do the settlers discuss changing their names to? What name does Per refuse and what name does he decide would be a good name for his family?

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

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

9. Describe Per Hansa's interaction with the Indians in Book 1, Chapter 3. Why do you think he is so concerned about the ailing chief?

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

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

Many of the settlers experience a fear of something so the theme of fear is a prevalent theme in the novel. Discuss the theme of fear. How is it present in the novel? What characters exhibit fear? What are the various fears that are expressed by the members of the settlement? How does the fear of the settlers affect them in the novel? Provide examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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