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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Torkel Tallaksen want to build?
2. Where do the men go to get more wood in Book 2, Chapter 1?
3. What is Per Hansa clutching in his hands when they find his body?
4. What does Beret call the blizzards?
5. Why does Hans Olsa ultimately decide to return home during the night in the snowstorm in Book 2, Chapter 4?
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
Pick one of the more minor characters in the novel and discuss their character and personality and the way it affects other characters and their place in the community. You can pick from: Tonseten, Kjersti, Sorine, Hans Olsa, or one of the Solum boys. How does this character find his/her place in the community? What is his/her role in the development of the community? Explain using examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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