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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 men think the Solum boys should teach school?
2. What does the minister say his communion Sunday sermon teaches?
3. Where do the men go to get more wood in Book 2, Chapter 1?
4. How long do the locusts plague the settlers?
5. What does Beret believe will become of herself and her baby?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The theme or struggle of man versus nature is present in the novel in many ways. Discuss the struggle within the novel. How does nature dictate the success of the men? How does it dictate their daily lives? How are the men successful despite the forces of nature? Explain using examples.
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