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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 does Jim tell the narrator of the introduction?

3. Antonia confides to Jim that her father is _______________

4. Who visits the Burdens on Christmas day?

5. What event occurs that causes Mr. Harling to tell Antonia she cannot attend the dances?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jim tell the group of girls to convince them that Spaniards settled in Nebraska?

2. Describe Antonia's relationship with her father

3. What feelings does Antonia share with Jim as they wait for the others to arrive at the river? How does Jim reassure her?

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

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

6. Why does Jim think it is ironic that Antonia's marriage failed?

7. What causes Jim to reinterpret sections of Virgil's Georgics? How does he see a particular passage differently?

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

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

10. How does Jim describe the experience of going to the theatre?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

One of the topics My Antonia explores is the role and impact of community on the individual. Discuss what the novel has to say about this topic. Cite several 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.

(see the answer keys)

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