Giants in the Earth Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Hans Olsa ask Per Hansa to bring to him before he dies?

2. What happens two days after Per Hansa plants his wheat crop?

3. What type of meat do the Hansas share with their neighbors?

4. Whose house does Per Hansa come upon after he is lost in the blizzard with his oxen?

5. What does Per Hansa do after he returns home from the Hallings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the settlers experience a fear of something so the theme of fear is a prevalent theme in the novel. Discuss the theme of fear. How is it present in the novel? What characters exhibit fear? What are the various fears that are expressed by the members of the settlement? How does the fear of the settlers affect them in the novel? Provide examples from the book.

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

The men and the women in the novel seem to have very separate and distinct roles in the novel. Describe the different roles in the novel. What are the roles of the men? Are these roles of typical pioneer men? What are the roles of the women? Are these roles of typical pioneer women? How are the men and women separated or characterized in the novel? Provide examples from the book.

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