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. How has Mr. Harling made his money?

2. How does Antonia show her affection for Charley?

3. Why does Lena Lingard's presence at the Harlings' home make Antonia uncomfortable?

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

5. What gift do Jim's grandparents give him when he comes to live with them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Shimerda ask Jim's grandfather to say a prayer during her husband's funeral?

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

3. Describe Peter and Pavel

4. Describe the Harlings.

5. Describe the gifts that Jim and his grandparents give to the Shimerdas for Christmas.

6. Describe Jim's experiences when he is housebound due to illness

7. Describe Tiny Soderball's work and living environment

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

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

10. What is significant about January 22 in this novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the final book of the novel (Book 5) the author abruptly shifts the narrative forward 20 years. In your essay:

1) describe how the last chapter reads differently than the earlier chapters

2) explain why you think the author made this shift

3) react to her choice. Do you think this was the best way to end the novel? Why?

Be sure to use 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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