Essay Topic 1
While the Ingalls’ days are filled with work just to survive, there are a few moments of happiness, such as when Pa plays his fiddle, when Pa takes his older daughters to the creek and the deserted Indian camp, and when Mr. Edwards brings them Christmas presents from Santa.
Discuss the ways in which the Ingalls find joy and entertainment in their lives and compare them to the way in which modern Americans entertain themselves. What do you think a child in modern America would think of Laura and Mary’s Christmas gifts? Use examples from Little House on the Prairie to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
No matter what happens to the Ingalls family, they exhibit a hardy pioneer spirit as they pursue their American dream. They essentially risk their lives for a chance at owning land in virgin territory.
Discuss, in depth, the reason...
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