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. Why do the Shimerdas remain involved with Krajiek?

2. How does Antonia show her affection for Charley?

3. How do the Shimerdas react to their difficult living conditions?

4. What rumor about Pavel circulates in the community?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peter and Pavel

2. Who proposes to Lena? How does she respond?

3. How does the novel come full circle at the end?

4. How do Mr. and Mrs. Cutter respond to the incident in the Cutters' home between Jim and Wick?

5. What event occurs as Jim stays at the Cutters' home?

6. Why does Jim believe he will never be a brilliant scholar?

7. What change occurs in Black Hawk in the Spring? How does this affect the people living there?

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

9. Describe Larry Donovan from Jim's perspective.

10. How does the Hardings' household change when Mr. Harling comes home from work?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on his development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Jim

2) discuss the impact of this character on Jim's life and personality

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Jim than others?

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

Essay Topic 2

The title of the novel, My Antonia, takes on several layers of meaning as the story develops. Discuss the significance of the title. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text 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.

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