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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Jim think Antonia acts superior to him?

2. How does Antonia differ from her brother Ambrosch?

3. Which of the Shimerda children is considered most important by his parents?

4. What does Mr. Shimerda promise to give Jim when he is older?

5. Who teaches Yulka to read English?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Antonia predict the winter will affect her family differently than Jim's?

2. Describe Jim's first impressions of the Nebraska landscape. Why do you think he responds in this way?

3. Why does Mrs. Shimerda ask Jim's grandfather to say a prayer during her husband's funeral?

4. Describe Blind d'Arnault and his journey to become a pianist

5. What is significant about January 22 in this novel?

6. Describe the Shimerda family (as they are introduced in Chapter 3)

7. Describe Tiny Soderball's work and living environment

8. What confession does Pavel make to Mr. Shimerda on his death bed?

9. How is Jim like the Shimerdas as they both travel to Nebraska?

10. How does Mrs. Shimerda act when she and Antonia visit the Burdens after the thaw? How does Jim respond to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The influence of men on Antonia's development is a recurring topic in My Antonia. Select two of the following men and discuss the relationship between him and Antonia. Focus your discussion on the ways the the man does or does not influence her development in a positive way. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

1) Jim

2) Ambrosch

3) Mr. Shimerda

4) Larry Donovan

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes My Antonia explores is friendship. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

The title of the novel, My Antonia, takes on several layers of meaning as the story develops. Discuss the significance of the title. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your ideas.

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