Bless Me, Ultima Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Antonio kiss?

2. Who drives to Guadalupe to warn Ultima that Tenorio was coming to get her?

3. What sin did God commit for Florence?

4. What are the holiest robes?

5. Why does a state policeman bring Eugene and Leon home?

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

Antonio's friends recognize his innocence is a form of piety which will serve him well as a priest. Explain some of those situations depicting Antonio's purity and innocence. How do Gabriel, Maria, Ultima & Florence define this piety? Do you believe Antonio will become a priest? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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