My Antonia Questions and Answers
Novels and plays often depict characters caught between colliding cultures—national, regional, ethnic, religious, institutional. Such collisions can call a character's sense of identity into question. In My Antonia, a character responds to such a cultural collision. Describe the character's response and explain its relevance to the work as a whole.
How is irony used by Cather in My Antonia to present and undermine myths in this story? What are ways she challenges or perpetuates the act of myth-making?
Jim changes considerably through the course of My Antonia. What is he like at the beginning and how has he changed by the end? What influences have changed him?
Does Antonia have stronger feelings for Bohemia or for Nebraska? What does Antonia's predicament say about the immigrants during the time of the novel?
Describe Antonia at the end of the book. how has she change, and in what way does she stay the same? Antonia is obviously the hero of this story. what characterize ger as the hero, and how does her character change by the end of the book.
How does Cather's use of setting in My Antonia move the novel through its paces? How does it bring to the reader's attention to both the beauty and the devastation that make up a farmer's life on the Midwest prairie?
In My Antonia, in what three ways were the arrivals of Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda in Nebraska different? In Book 1, Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda arrive in Black Hawk, Nebraska at the same time. In what three ways were their situations different? I've got an assignment to finish ASAP, and I really need some help.
Is there a contrast between the way Willa Cather characterizes the native-born Nebraska settlers versus the European pioneers?
In My Antonia, describe the nature of the relationship between Jim and Ántonia. In what ways do they form a special connection? How does this relationship change as the years go by?
I have an essay to write about landmarks present in My Antonia. What can I discuss on this subject? In what ways is the topic explored and approached in the novel?
What does Jim Burden mean when he says, "There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made," in My Antonia?
What is the relationship between the Shimerda and the Burden households in "My Antonia"? What kind of relationship do they share?
Compare the view Lena, Antonia, and Tiny have about success in life. Do they achieve success according to their standards by the end of the book?
In "My Antonia", what is Antonia's motivation when she says this quote about her work on the farm? "School is all right for little boys. I help make this land one good farm". Why does she take this stance?
What impression do you receive from the snake-killing scene? (chapter VII) What impression do you receive from the snake-killing scene? (chapter VII)
What is it that makes Ántonia a genuinely heroic figure? In what ways does she improvise happiness and emerge successfully from the same circumstances that killed her father?
symbolish How does Cather use the seasons to symbolize the human emotion and change throughtout the book?
Antonia faces hardships and challenges many times in her life. Describe one hardship or challenge she faces and how she deals with it.
What are the three ways characters commit suicide in My Ántonia? Why do you think Cather includes these examples?
In Book IV of My Antonia, where does Frances Harling tell Jim that Antonia is living? it is is book IV of My Antonia
What is significant about antonia's decline of Jim's offer to go the schoolhouse, does Jim misunderstood Antonia's attitude in My Antonia?
What is the role of the landscape in the novel, and how does the novel develop the relationship between man and environment into a theme? I'm having a hard time answering this question even though I read the book thoroughly.
My Ántonia contrasts characters who stay rooted to the land and those who emigrate or travel. By the end of the novel, who seems more rooted in Nebraska, Jim or Ántonia? Why is this ironic?
When Antonia says "I guess everybody thinks about old times, even the happiest people," what is she suggesting about Jim?
In "My Antonia," how is it significant that, by novel's end, Antonia has reverted to speaking Bohemian with her husband and children? How does this impact the novel's overall vision?
In My Antonia, what is the significance of the train arriving at night? The book is My Antonia, it is in "Book I", not sure which chapter.
Why does Antonia's attitude change when she becomes a farmhand like Ambrosch in "My Antonia"? Why does Jim dislike this new side of Antonia?
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