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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why do the women suggest that Per Hansa quickly christen his new child after birth?
2. What does Per Hansa's newborn baby's middle name mean?
3. Who comes to compliment Per Hansa on his wise decision to plant early?
4. In what years does the winter snow fall from mid-October to mid-April?
5. What does Per Hansa name his new baby?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the character of Per Hansa. Is he a sympathetic character? Why or why not? What are his major downfalls? Where does he succeed? How do the aspects of his character guide his actions in the book and ultimately decide his fate? Provide examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
Moving out West and living on the prairie, there are bound to be interactions between Indians and settlers. At times, these can be negative interactions, but there are positive interactions. Do the settlers of Spring Creek have any interaction with the Indians in the novel? Describe these interactions. How do the settlers get along with the Indians? Do you think this was typical of the time? Provide examples of the interactions between settlers and Indians in the novel.
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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