Day 3

My Antonia Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Jimmy believe he couldn't be a classical scholar?

    The world of abstract ideas is not as significant to Jimmy as the world of experiences. His childhood memories and friendships remain extremely important to him, and everything he learns seems to connect to them. Any intellectual excitement takes on resonance only in his own memory, whereas his mentor Cleric seems to "lose" himself "among impersonal things."

  2. 2

    Why does Jimmy enjoy Lena's company so much?

    Students will of course acknowledge that Jimmy is attracted to Lena; encourage them to explore why, since it goes beyond the fact that she is pretty. Lena is extremely friendly and open, good at and...

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