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. Who does Jim realize he wants to see again?

2. How does Jim characterize the woman who plays the character, Marguerite?

3. Where does Cuzak take his son when they are in the city?

4. Where does Jim go after graduating from Harvard?

5. Who does Antonia eventually marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What part of Camille most affects Jim?

2. Describe Antonia's preparations for marriage.

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

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

5. Describe Larry Donovan from Jim's perspective.

6. What does Jim see on the wall of the photographer's studio? How does this affect him?

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

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

9. How does Jim's grandmother react to Jim attending dances at the Fireman's Hall? How does Jim respond?

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

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

In the inscription for My Antonia Willa Cather quotes Virgil (Optima dies . . . prima fugit," or the best days are the first to flee). Discuss the significance of this quote for the novel as a whole. Why do you think the author chose this inscription? What commentary is she making?

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel 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.

(see the answer keys)

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