My Antonia Test | Final 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 does Larry Donovan's manner change when he is with women?

2. What gives Wick Cutter an advantage with the immigrant farmers?

3. How does Wick Cutter react when he finds Jim in his home?

4. Who does Jim's grandmother send to stay in the Cutter's house in place of Antonia?

5. What does Jim tell the girls is evidence that the Spanish settled in Nebraska?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolic about Jim and Antonia talking at Mr. Shimerda's grave site?

2. How does Jim react to Antonia when he comes to visit her after many years?

3. How does Jim mark his transition to manhood in this chapter?

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

5. Describe Antonia's preparations for marriage.

6. Describe Wick Cutter.

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

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

9. Summarize the story of Antonia and Larry Donovan's failed attempt at marriage (as told by Widow Steavens).

10. Summarize the story Rudolph tells about the Cutters.

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

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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