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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does the minister want to baptize?
2. Why do Per Hansa and his sons sift through the seed before they plant them?
3. Who is Torkel Tallaksen?
4. During their trip to gather more wood, what do the men do to avoid losing each other in the storm?
5. Why does Hans Olsa ride out to his third quarter in the middle of a snowstorm?
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
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 3
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?
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