My Antonia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 come to live with his grandparents in the first chapter of the book?

2. Which of the Shimerdas did not want to immigrate to the United States?

3. How does Antonia react to the dances in town?

4. Which of the following is not a quality that Jim believes the town girls possess?

5. Who entertains Jim when he is forced to stay indoors because of illness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Jake and Ambrosch come to blows in Chapter 18?

2. What change in Jim's life occurs in the first chapter of Book 2? How does it affect him?

3. Retell the story Antonia shares with Jim and the Harlings about the tramp and the thresher

4. Describe the relationship between the Shimerdas and Krajiek

5. Compare and contrast the town and city girls (from Jim's point of view).

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

7. What change occurs in Black Hawk in the Spring? How does this affect the people living there?

8. Does Antonia attend school? Why or why not?

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

10. What reaction do the Harlings have to Antonia's interest in the dances in the tent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

The Shimerda family is complex. Discuss:

1) the personalities of each of the characters

2) the ways that they influence each other

3) the impact of the collective family on the story line.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Death plays an important role in this novel. Write an essay:

1) describing the ways death is portrayed in the novel

2) examining the significance of death in the plot and character development

3) arguing what you believe the author is trying to say about mortality through the novel.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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