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The introduction is an integral part of the book. What is its purpose?
To tell what Happens in the book.
Who is Jim Burden?
Narrator; Parents died leaving him an orphan; Started out in Virginia as a 10 year old boy.
Who introduces Antonia to the reader?
The train conductor
What is the conductors attitude towards Antonia?
He said that she had pretty brown eyes and that she was amusing.
What is Jake's opinion of foreigners?
He thinks that they carry diseases.
Identify Otto Fuchs.
He wore a sombrero with a wide leather band with a bright buckle;his mustache was twisted up at the ends;he looked very lively an ferocious;there was a long scar across his cheek and drew up the corner of his mouth up; the top of his left ear is gone, and he is as dark as an Indian. He was also Mr. Burden's hired man from Austria, that picked up Jim and Jake at the train station.
What role did the land play in the story?
It represents their hardships and dedication.
What are Jim's grandparents like?
They were both very dark skinned from work on the farm. Grandmother is very talkative and Grandfather is very quiet.
Describe the Burden's farm life.
It was very harsh; they had to walk great distances to get to their gardens; woke up early to get started on chores; their life revolved around their sod kitchen and farm.
Identify Peter Krajiek
Bohemian who manipulates foreigners
What sort of home do the Shimerdas have?
They have a shed in the side of a hill.
Why did Jim and Antonia visit the prairie dog town?
They wanted to see what they looked like.
Describe Jim's victory over the snake.
He killed the biggest rattler that had ever seen, then he stabbed it repeatedly with a spade until it died.
Who is Wick Cutter?
He is a shady money lender in Black Hawk. He also hired girls to work for him and then grid to sleep with them.
What was the "trouble" that caused Peter and Pavel to leave Russia?
Peter and Pavel were driving a sledge with the bride and groom on it. Wolves started to attack all of the other sledges behind them that included the rest of the wedding party. Peter and Pavel tried to get the groom to push the bride out so that they could escape, but he refused. They then pushed them both out and ended up being the only survivors. At that time, they were pariahs in their town, so they left and came to America.
What becomes of Peter and Pavel?
They have bad luck in America. Pavel dies and Peter has to auction all of their stuff off to people in order to move on and have a little money.
Describe how the Burdens lived during the wintery, blizzardy days on the prairie.
They wore layered clothing and rode sleds and played games for fun.
Why is Mr. Shimerda so happy to have made the acquaintance of Peter and Pavel?
He feels out of place and it makes him feel better to talk to people who speak his language and understand how he feels.
Why would Krajiek probably have preferred they didn't get to know one another?
Peter and Pavel knew that he was crooked.
How are Peter and Pavel alike and different?
Peter- fat and happy
Pavel- tall and nervous
Similarities- Both men came from Russia because thy were made to leave.
What kind of dog do you think Antonia was telling Jim bout?
How does this part of their conversation relate to the incident with the grasshopper? How do you think Antonia is feeling?
Because they were coming up the bank with the badger holes. She is homesick.
What do you think is meant by "The old man's smile... was so full of sadness, of pity for things, that I never afterward forgot it"?
His smile left an impression, it showed his sadness but he was still trying to smile.
Have you ever seen a snake as big and loathsome as the one that Jim managed to kill?
Yes or no.<< Your own answer
How did this incident make Jim feel better about his manliness?
Antonia quit talking down to him and told everyone of his braveness.
What does Jim later realize? Do you think he ever told Antonia?
The snake was dead after the first blow and it was not as great as it looked. (your opinion)
Why does Pavel react as he does to the sound of the coyotes?
He remembers the wedding precession back in Russia.
Do you think that the story about the wolves devouring the wedding party is true?
Why did Pavel tell it?
Pavel is sick.
How does the coming of winter change the landscape?
There is snow all around, the sunflowers all died, and the land is less fertile.
To what adventures does Jim compare his family in the winter?
He compares them to the Swiss Robertson family.
Do you agree with Jim that " a man's strongest antagonist is the cold"?
Why is Jim so fond of Otto?
Otto helps his family and he is an honest humble man.
Do you think he's a "good influence" on Jim?
In chapter 10, the Burdens visit the Shimerdas. What is the chief motivation for their visit?
All that they had to eat were prairie dogs that Mr Shimerda had killed, so they took them some food.
Describe what the Burdens find when they arrive at the Shimerda household.
There were frozen rotting potatoes and a little pile of flour in some covered barrels, there is only one coat among the family and the girls slept in a little cave; a round hole, not much bigger than an oil barrel, scooped out in the black earth.
Who has been delegated to go to town to o the Christmas shopping?
What prevents Jake from making his journey?
The Burdens decide to have a country Christmas and make their own presents. What did Jim Make? Grandmother?
Jim made a book for Yulka. Grandmother made gingerbread cookies.
Jake and Otto also contribute to the Christmas celebration. What were their contributions?
They went to get a tree for Jim. Otto- made Christmas ornaments (nativity scene). Jake- Took the Shimerdas their gifts
Describe the finished Christmas tree?
It was decorated with gingerbread animals, strings of popcorn, candle bits, and paper models of the Nativity scene.
On Christmas day, Mr Shimeda comes to thank them for the presents. What does he do to acknowledge the Christmas celebration?
He has a sense of peace and he kneels before the tree and prays.
Jim wonders what his grandfather's reaction will be to Mr Shimerda's strange actions in front of the Christmas tree. What is grandfather's reaction?
He respects him.
Describe Mrs Shimerda's actions when she and Antonia come to visit during the "January thaw."
She is rude, boastful, and needy
What information does Antonia pass on to Jim during the "thaw" visit?
She tells him that Mrs Shimerda made their father leave their home country.
How does Jim react to Antonia's comments about their father's unhappiness?
He says to let him leave if he wants.
What wakens Jim on the morning of January 22nd?
There is chattering in the kitchen
What does Grandfather tell Jim on the morning of January 22nd?
Mr Shimerda has died.
Jim listens to the men talk at the breakfast table. What does he learn about Mr Shimerda's eath?
Mr Shimerda got dressed up and committed suicide.
Otto leaves for town on their best horse, and jim is left alone with Ambrosch. He sees a new side to Ambrosch. Describe Jim;s new awareness about Ambrosch.
All day he sat praying silently
Jake and Ambrosch, Grandmother and Grandfather all leave for the Shimerda's house. Jim is left alone in the house. How does he pass the time?
He goes out to get corn and logs for the fire, he fed the chickens, collected the eggs, gave the cat milk, and then finally read the Robinson Crusade.
Identify Anton Jelinek
He is a Bohemian neighbor, whom helps the Shimerdas after Mr Shimerda's death because he is the coroner.
Where was Mr Shimerda Buried?
He was buried at a crossroads because he died a sinful death.
How did Mr Shimerda's death have an effect o the usual routine of the country?
Everyone traveled to the funeral and waited on it to begin
Why didn't Antonia go to school when Jim invited her for the next session?
She was needed at home.
What promise did Jim make Antonia?
He promised her that he would never forget Mr Shimerda.
How had Antonia changed since her father's death?
She became more like a boy
What caused the fit between the Shimerdas and Burdens?
Jake hit Ambrosch
How did the Shimerdas and Burdens become friends again?
Mr Burden gave them their cow and offered Anotina and Ambrosch a job to help with harvesting season
To where and why did the Burdens move?
They moved to Black Hawk because his grandparents were too old for farm work.
Why did the Burdens see more of their country neighbors now than when they lived on the farm?
They lived at a convenient stopping point for people. They could park their buggies in the large barn and come in for refreshments and conversation.
Who were the Harlings? Identify Charley, Julia, Sally, and Frances.
Norwegen neighbors to the Burdens. CharleyIs 16 and the only boy. He is not interested in business. Julia like music and is 14 years old. Sally is strong, and clever at "boy sports" She was a tomboy with short hair and never wore a hat. She is 13 years old.
Describe summer life at the Harlings.
Mrs Harling runs the house in her husband's absence. Though her role to the children gain her love and respect from the.
How and why did Antonia come to the city?
The Harlings needed a cook, so Grandmother introduced them to Antonia.
Identify Lena Lengard.
She came to town to work for the dressmaker and learns to sew. She is one of the "hired girls" .
Why was Antonia reserved towards Lena ?
Lena had a bad, questionable reputation and she did not want Jim to get involved with her.
In the last chapter, we learned that Lena was "talked about," and that her reputation was questionable. What do we learn about Lena in this chapter? (Book 2)
Lena wants to get away from the country. She wants to be free, stay single, and become successful at dressmaking.
Who was Blind d'Arnault?
He is a blind negro pianist
Identify the Vannis.
They were an Italian family that set up a dancing pavilion in an old lot.
Who were the "hired girls?"
They were girls who left their families to work for American families in order to help their family.
Why does Antonia leave the Harlings?
They tell her that she can either quit dancing and causing bad name for herself or she can not work for them anymore.
For whom does Antonia go to work for after leaving the Harlings?
She works for Wick Cutter and his wife.
Why kind of future do the hired girls, especially Antonia, see for Jim?
They think that success will come easier for him.
Jim is restless in this chapter. What diversions does he choose?
Jim hangs out at the saloon and goes to the dances.
Describe the relationship between Jim and Antonia.
Jim fancies her, but Antonia sees him as her close childhood friend.
To whom did Jim dedicate his fine graduation speech?
He dedicated it to Mr Shimerda.
As Jim talked with and listened to the hired girls talk during their summer picnic, what do we learn about the hired girls?
The girls told of how hard it was to adapt to life on the plains.
What was the "great black figure" which "suddenly appeared on the face of the sun?"
It was a plow. It represents the pioneers way of life and how important farming was to them.
Why did Jim go to stay at the Cutter's house at night?
Mr Cutter was acting strange and Antonia felt uncomfortable.
What was Mr. Cutter's surpass when he came into Antonia's room?
Jim was there instead of Antonia.
Why was Jim angry with Antonia?
He did not like being put in that situation.
Idenify Gaston Cleric.
He is a Latin scholar who acts as a mento to Jim
Who came to visit Jim at the university?
What news did Lena bring to Jim on her first visit?
She tells him that Antonia mended things with the Harlings and she is now working with Mrs. Gardener at the hotel.
To what did Jim compare the hired girls?
He compared them to poetry of Virgil
Who is Mr Ordinsky?
He is a Polish violin teacher.
How does Lena's presence in Lincoln affect Jim?
He comes out of his stupor and goes out more places but gets distracted from his school work.
Why is Lena determined not to marry?
She wants to be foolish when she wants too and accountable to no one.
Why does Jim leave Lincoln?
He leaves to join Cleric in New York at Harvard.
Why do people say, "Poor Antonia!" What happened to her?
She had a baby after Larry Donovan left her.
When Jim came home in the summer and went to the photographers, what did he see there and how did it affect him?
He saw a picture of Antonia's baby and he gained intense feelings to see Antonia.
Why did Jim go to visit the Widow Steavens?
She knew the story of Antonia's divorce and she loves to talk.
How had Antonia changed since Jim had last seen her?
She seems like part of the land, and she wants to stay forever.
Who did Antonia marry?
Why did Jim wait twenty years to go back to see Antonia?
He was afraid to see the affects of 20 years on her.
How was Antonia when Jim finally saw her twenty years later?
She had lost some teeth but she was full of life and energy.
What happened to Wick Cutter and his wife?
He shriveled up as he got older; she got a nervous palsy that made her shake all the time.
What did Jim think of Cruzak?
He thought that he seemed like a nice guy although not appreciative of Antonia in the way Jim wished he was.
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