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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Tenorio seeking revenge from Ultima in Chapter 14?
2. What does Ultima's owl do to Tenorio?
3. What are the holiest robes?
4. What is Antonio's duty now that he was a Christian?
5. What is a scapular?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Antonio learns not only his Hispanic Catholic heritage but also his Native American heritage through Ultima. What Catholic icons, sacraments and beliefs are explored in the novel? What Native American traditions or symbols are discussed in Bless Me, Ultima? What are the similarities between the two?
Essay Topic 2
Rudolfo Anaya centers Bless Me, Ultima around the central theme of tension. One example is the mneumonic tension between Antonio's parents, the sea versus the earth. What are other examples of tension throughout the novel? Examine the symbols of tension between good and evil.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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