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 are the spokesmen between the men of the large caravan and the settlers of Spring Creek?

2. Which of the following do the men bring back from their trip to town for Per Hansa?

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the men who will travel to town in Book 1, Chapter 3?

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

5. How old is Hans Olsa's daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Book 1, Chapter 4, Per Hansa is surveying his property and finds wooden stakes in the ground. Where does Per find the stakes, what do they mean, and how does he react to this discovery?

3. What happens to the Irish frontiersmen after their fight with the settlers of Spring Creek over the land?

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 find out about the name stakes that Per Hansa removes? What is her opinion of the event?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why does Per Hansa take a trip to the Sioux River? What does he bring back with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the hardships of pioneer life. What are the hardships faced by the pioneers in the first year? Do the hardships change in subsequent years? Or does the life get any easier? How do the pioneers note their progression or success in their settlements? Explain using examples from the book.

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 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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