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Giants in the Earth

O.E. Rölvaag

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Where do the Norwegian immigrants in the novel eventually settle?

What was Per's former occupation in Norway?

What crime does Per commit on the prairie to protect his friends and neighbors?

What name does Per give Beret's new baby?

When Per dies at the end, which direction does his body face?

In which decade do most events of the novel take place?

What object of Beret's does the minister use as an altar?

What is the name of Hans Olsa's wife?

What does Hans ask for on his deathbed?

What destroys the settlers' crops during the summer?

To whom does the minister compare the immigrant settlers in his sermon?

What remarkable thing does Per do to the interior of his house?

How many children do Per and Beret have by the end of the novel?

When the locusts first arrive, what does Beret do?

What does Per buy from the Native Americans to resell at higher prices?

What event has driven Kari insane?

In what language was Giants in the Earth originally written?

When Per and Beret first arrive at the settlement, what bothers Beret the most?

What is the name of the Hansas' cow?

What material do the settlers use to build their homes?

Hans and Per die during which season?

Which creatures of Scandinavian folklore are referenced throughout the novel?

What was Rölvaag's occupation most of his life?

What occupation do Henry and Sam Solum pursue in the novel?

Per is contrasted most sharply with what other character?

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