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

2. What does Antonia tell Jim about her father when she and her mother come to visit the Burdens after the winter thaw?

3. What does Tiny often share with Lena?

4. Where in Black Hawk is Antonia hired to work?

5. Who helps Ambrosch and Marek treat the horse with colic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Peter and Pavel

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

7. Describe Antonia's relationship with her father

8. Describe the relationship between the Shimerdas and Krajiek

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In My Antonia a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select one of the following minor characters to analyze: Wick Cutter, Otto Fuchs, Tiny Soderball, Ambrosch Shimerda. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story

3) The impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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