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My Ántonia

Willa Cather

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1. What town is near the Burdens' farm?

2. How does Ántonia's father die?

3. With whom does Jim live for most of the novel?

4. What nationality are the Shimerdas?

5. What does Otto decide to do when the Burdens move into town?

6. Where does Jim attend college?

7. When does the blizzard occur?

8. Which character moves to San Fransisco?

9. To whom does Ántonia first become engaged?

10. Where does Ántonia work after leaving the Harlings?

11. To whom does Jim dedicate his commencement oration?

12. Who subdues the snake?

13. How does Pavel injure himself?

14. What does Lena do in Black Hawk?

15. Who plays the piano at the Boys' Home dance?

16. Who begins the dancing in Black Hawk?

17. With which of the following men does Jim fight?

18. Who becomes Jim's tutor in Lincoln?

19. What play do Jim and Lena see together?

20. When was My Ántonia orginally published?

21. Where did Willa Cather live before moving to Nebraska?

22. What is Jim's profession when he writes the memoir?

23. How many years pass between the last two books of the novel?

24. Who abandons Ántonia before their wedding?

25. From whom does Jim seek information about Ántonia when he visits Black Hawk before starting law school?

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Plot

by heggedunk, August 19, 2012

My Antonia is a modernist novel about the coming of age. Modernism is a style of writing used from the late 19th century till the 1930s. Modernism is a style that has no central plot instead it is more of a series of episodes. Please take note that most teachers ask for a specific plot where this novel doesn't really have one. My advice here would be to talk about the aging of the main characters or Jim's attraction to Antonia as a main plot. Also take note that both Jim Burden and Antonia can be considered Protagonists. I hope this helps as... Read more

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Regarding Mr.Shimerda

by STianF223, October 10, 2013

Mr. Shimerda CANNOT possibly have committed suicide for this is impossible. The scene has showed that Mr. Shimerda, laying on his side with the gun beside him. Otto's suspicion was that Mr. Shimerda was to lay on his side and put his long rifle in his mouth, using his big toe to pull the trigger, and kill himself. This would make sense, seeing how the scene was created and how there was a bullet hole in the wall until it takes up on account of two major problem, being the Shimerdas are HIGHLY religious and that there were pieces of his head,... Read more

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Another Harling

by rachelnolan, November 20, 2013

Actually, Sally is not the youngest Harling child, Nina is. They have 5 children.

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