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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. How many men are in the first group of Norwegian settlers that come to Spring Creek?
2. Which of the following is NOT one of the men who will travel to town in Book 1, Chapter 3?
3. What is Per Hansa's purpose for buying the twine and knitting a net?
4. As the novel opens, what time of day is it?
5. Who is Per Hansa?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. How does Beret change in the last chapter of the book?
3. What happens to Beret after she comes to know the minister and after he leaves?
4. What happens to the Irish frontiersmen after their fight with the settlers of Spring Creek over the land?
5. 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?
6. Who has a problem with Per Hansa's house? Why? What does this character do when Per Hansa ignores his advice?
7. In Book 1, Chapter 5, a group of settlers comes upon the Spring Creek settlement and, as Per Hansa and the other men are gone, it is left to Tonseten to greet them. What is their nationality? What is Tonseten's reaction to them and why?
8. What is Beret's demeanor after she gives birth to Peder Seier?
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss how the community of Spring Creek grows over time. Do you think that this is typical of pioneer communities of the time? How were the settlers of Spring Creek so successful when other men and women of the pioneer were not? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
The theme or struggle of man versus himself is present in the novel, specifically through Per Hansa, but it can also be seen in other characters. Discuss this struggle within the novel. How is it present? How does it affect the character involved in the struggle and the other characters in the family or settlement? Provide examples.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the style of the novel. Include in your discussion the importance of the title of the chapters, the pacing of the novel, the way the themes are used, and other style elements involved. Provide examples of the author's style and discuss whether the style is effective in this type of novel.
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