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 helps Ambrosch and Marek treat the horse with colic?

2. What becomes of Peter when Pavel passes away?

3. Who sold the Shimerda family their home?

4. What first strikes Jim about the location of his grandparents' home?

5. What one item must all of the Shimerdas share during the winter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Shimerda do in the Burdens' home on Christmas that surprises them? Why are they surprised by his action?

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

3. How do the Shimerdas react when the Burdens bring them supplies during the cold winter?

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

5. Describe Antonia's relationship with her father

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the inscription for My Antonia Willa Cather quotes Virgil (Optima dies . . . prima fugit," or the best days are the first to flee). Discuss the significance of this quote for the novel as a whole. Why do you think the author chose this inscription? What commentary is she making?

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

Essay Topic 3

The settings used in My Antonia almost serve as characters in the novel. Select three of the settings in the novel and:

1) discuss the impact of the setting on the plot development

2) discuss the impact of the setting on the characters

3) the ways that the narrator personifies the setting

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

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