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 urges Jim to visit Antonia after many years?

2. What does Jim tell Antonia he believes happened to her father's soul?

3. Who proposes to Lena several times?

4. What does Jim plan on studying after graduating Harvard?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the changes in Tiny Soderball's life from the point that Jim last saw her to present

4. What causes Jim to reinterpret sections of Virgil's Georgics? How does he see a particular passage differently?

5. How does dancing with Lena differ from dancing with Antonia in Jim's mind?

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

7. Describe Cuzak's life story as he tells it to Jim

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

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

10. Why does Jim think it is ironic that Antonia's marriage failed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 themes My Antonia explores is transformation or metamorphosis. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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