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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. Where does Beret Hansa remember the family landed when they crossed the ocean from Norway?
2. Who tells Beret about the argument between the settlers of Spring Creek and the men of the large caravan?
3. What is the name of Hans Olsa's daughter?
4. What task does Per Hansa give to Ola when he returns from town in Book 1, Chapter 5?
5. Who is Per Hansa?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to the cows of the settlement toward the end of Book 1, Chapter 3? What is the reaction of the settlers?
2. Why don't the neighbors want to visit the Hansa house?
3. What is the Hansa family doing as the novel opens? Why?
4. What do the settlers do to try to help Hans Olsa when he is on his death bed?
5. Why is Beret so afraid when Per Hansa leaves the settlement to go on trips?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. What happens after Per Hansa plants his seeds in the ground in Book 2, Chapter 2? How does Per react?
9. What is Beret's attitude towards Per Hansa's success as a businessman? How does he feel about her attitude?
10. How does Per Hansa die? In what position is he found?
Essay Topic 1
Explain the significance of the title of the novel, Giants in the Earth. Who are the "giants" in the earth? What does this label designate? What is the title's relationship to the idea that the Hansa family is used as a means to tell a universal story?
Essay Topic 2
The men and the women in the novel seem to have very separate and distinct roles in the novel. Describe the different roles in the novel. What are the roles of the men? Are these roles of typical pioneer men? What are the roles of the women? Are these roles of typical pioneer women? How are the men and women separated or characterized 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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