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. What does Per Hansa offer to Beret when he comes home in Book 1, Chapter 5?

2. Where do the boys tell Per Hansa that the red welts on their bodies came from?

3. How many wagons are in the first group of Norwegian settlers that come to Spring Creek?

4. Who says, "The guilty will receive their punishment in the end"?

5. ***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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the rest of the party that the Hansa family was traveling with?

2. 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?

3. Describe the weather in Book 1, Chapter 6. How does Beret feel about the whitewashing? What does it have to do with the weather?

4. 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?

5. Describe what happens to Per Hansa when he decides to go on a trip with the men using his oxen and gets lost in a blizzard.

6. What is the minister's response to Per after he tells the minister his concerns about Beret?

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

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

In a new found community, there are going to be good things that happen within the community and negative things as well. Discuss the positive or successful elements in the settlement on Spring Creek as well as the negative or unfortunate moments. How do they define the characters involved or the settlement itself? Provide examples.

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