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. Who visits the Burdens on Christmas day?

2. Who sponsors the dance tent in Black Hawk?

3. Which of the following is not a detail about Antonia that Mrs. Steavens shares with the Burdens?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Tiny Soderball's work and living environment

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

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

9. Why do the Shimerdas have difficulty getting Mr. Shimerda buried? Where is he ultimately interred?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role that the land plays in the lives of the characters in this novel is integral to its plot and themes. Pick two of the novel's characters and compare and contrast:

1) their relationship with the land

2) how the relationship develops

3) how they chose to demonstrate feelings about the land.

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

In the final book of the novel (Book 5) the author abruptly shifts the narrative forward 20 years. In your essay:

1) describe how the last chapter reads differently than the earlier chapters

2) explain why you think the author made this shift

3) react to her choice. Do you think this was the best way to end the novel? Why?

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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