Bless Me, Ultima Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Miss Maestas brings Antonio to the front of the classroom, what do the other school children do?

2. What do Ultima and Antonio witness while sitting in the shade of the alamos of the river?

3. How much did Antonio's grandfather pay Ultima to rid Lucas of the brujas' curse?

4. What does Antonio believe will happen to the men on the bridge?

5. In Chapter 2, who says to Antonio, "Bless me."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the river for Antonio?

2. What questions of good and evil does Antonio wrestle with in Chapter 16?

3. What questions does Antonio wonder about communion?

4. What are the advantages for Antonio being the youngest in his family?

5. What does Leon appear to be suffering from?

6. What are Ultima's greatest strengths?

7. Describe Antonio's dilemma as he grows up in Chapter 4.

8. How did Jason confuse Antonio about making magic?

9. What troubles Antonio once he awakes from his fever?

10. Describe the Marez home on the first day of school.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Similar to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Bless Me, Ultima details childhood spoken in a child's narrative. What conflicts, insights or questions does Antonio contemplate which are similar for any six or seven year old? Do you believe Bless Me. Ultima could be an adult novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Bless Me Ultima has been perceived as a type of American western. There are episodes connecting with the theme of manifest destiny (belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary). How does the novel fit into the American western genre? What role do Gabriel, Narcisco, Eugene, Andrew and Leon play in this theme? Are there other characters who personify these themes and genres?

Essay Topic 3

Shamanism is based on the belief that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In shamanism, certain animals guide or give power to that person. What types of power or guiding do you believe is transferred to humans? What examples of shamanism are included in the novel? Aside from animals, what other examples of shamanism are cited in the novel?

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