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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 see when he looked at the northern blue skies?
2. What do the children want Antonio to?
3. What is Tenorio planning to do to Ultima?
4. What are the holiest robes?
5. What do the Luna brothers ask Antonio's parents before they leave El Puerto?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The sun and the moon, the llano and the river play a role in Antonio's maturity. What other characteristics play a significant role in Antonio's development? What individuals play a significant role in Antonio's development? What would happen to Antonio is he did not have these characteristics or characters influencing him?
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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