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

2. What does Jim tell the narrator of the introduction?

3. What do the Shimerdas give the Burdens in exchange for the goods they bring during the winter?

4. Which of the following does NOT characterize Jim's grandparents?

5. Why do the Shimerdas remain involved with Krajiek?

Short Essay Questions

1. Retell the story about Lena being responsible for Antonia's feelings about the girl.

2. Describe the Harlings.

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

4. Describe the relationship between the Shimerdas and Krajiek

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

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

7. Describe Peter and Pavel

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

9. Describe Jim's encounter with the rattlesnake as he and Antonia return from Russian Peter's

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

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

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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