These reading questions cover all five sections of Willa Cather's 1913 novel, O Pioneers! Questions, for the most part, concern plot details and thematic development, especially the novel's Romantic landscape and focus on redemption. There are 5-9 questions per section, suitable for homework or in-class discussion. (Sections III and IV are lumped together, as they're shorter.)
I also have a number of Socratic Seminar questions I use with this particular novel, focusing especially on Cather's portrayal of women, and women in turn-of-the-century American literature, more broadly--don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail if you'd like them!
These reading guides align with the following Common Core ELA Reading: Literature, Grade 11-12 Standards:
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.