Bless Me, Ultima

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by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Set in New Mexico, on the border between a small village and the huge
llano (plains), Bless Me, Ultima is Rudolfo Anaya's much acclaimed and
award-winning coming-of-age novel from the Hispanic perspective.
Antonio is torn between his father's cowboy side of the family who
ride on the llano and his mother's village and farming relations. Many
conflicts are presented here: Hispanic vs American culture, Catholicism
vs paganism, parents' expectations vs the child's desires, Spanish blood
vs native blood. Antonio's life is forever altered when his aunt Ultima,
a curandera (healer) comes to live with the family; she teaches Antonio
many things, most importantly how to gather the self-knowledge that
will help carry him into adulthood.
Requirements: All work must pass with a 75% or better.
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Each chapter requires a set of answers to the given questions.
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The answers need to be written in complete sentences (this means
including the questions with in the answers).
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Each chapter has vocabulary words that have three requirements.
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Please read the directions on the vocabulary page.
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There is a required activity to be done once the book is completed.
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A Final is required to complete the book requirements.
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1. What two nationalities were Antonio's parents?
2. What is a curandera?
3. Where were Antonio's brothers?
4. What did Antonio see the night that Chavez came over to get Antonio's father?
5. What kind of animal showed up when Ultima came to stay with Antonio's family?
6. When Antonio returned that night who was the one who helped him?
7. What was the name of the river that ran through Las Pasturas and on to the orchards ?
8. What were the two things the bell of the church rang for?
9. What happened behind the church between Antonio and the horse?
10. Name three more kids that were behind the church before mass?
1. What did Anthony dream of?
2. Whose andw hat dream was renewed with the return of Tony's
brothers?
3. What does "Bad Blood" refer to?
4. What was wrong with Anthony's brother, Loen?
5. What plans did Tony's brother have?
6. Who would be the escape goat and fulfill their parent's dreams, and
what were the parents dreams?
7. What actions occurred by his brother's request?
8. What was Anthony's second dream about, and how did he feel about
innocence?
9. What weight was placed upon Anthony's shoulder by his father?
10. What did Anthony's brother say he would do some day?
1.
What kind of games/contest took place at school?
2.
What happened to Anthony academically?
3.
(A) Where did Anthony go after school?
(B) What was his reason for celebrating?
4.
(A)What story did Samuel tell Anthony?
(B)Where did he hear it from?
5.
Who is Cico?
6.
(A) What happened to Anthony's uncle?
(B)How did his mom feel?
7.
Who did they finally consult help from?
8.
(A) Who laid the curse upon Lucas, (Anthony's fathers brother)?
(B) Why?
9.
Who did Ultima request and take with her for the trip?
10. What was the good sigh they all saw on their way to El Puerto?
1. Why was Antonio to go to the valley?
2. What did Ultima seek Tenorio for?
3. Why was Ultima not called sooner to help?
4. What occured the night when Ultima and
Antonio stayed over?
5. What did Ultima make?
6. What happened to Lucus?
7. What would they do with the hair?
8. What did Cico want with Antonio?
9. Who lives near the hill by the river?
10. Where did Antonio and Cico go to eat?
11. Where was Narcisco?
1. Who did Cico and Anthony meet on their way?
2. How did Anthony make magic?
3. What was the name of the water?
4. Did they see the golden carp? Describe it.
5.
Who can see the golden carp?
6.
Why can't others?
7.
Where does the golden carp go?
8.
Why?
1.
Out of Anthony's three brothers, who left home?
2.
Where did they go?
3.
What did Ultima give Anthony?
4.
What did Narciso do for Anthony's mother, Maria?
5.
Who warned Ultima ?
6.
Why?
7.
What test did Narsico set up for Ultima to find out if she was a witch?
8.
What happened when Ultima took the test?
9.
What happened to the cross?
10.
Where did the Marez family go?
11.
How long were they going to visit?
12.
Why didn't his uncle and the rest of his family protect Ultima?
13.
What happened at church when Tenorio took his daughter for burial?
1.
What did Antonio want to stay the same forever?
2.
What happened the first day of school with Tony's friend?
3.
Who fought the day of the snow blizzard?
4.
Why?
5.
What happened to the play?
6.
Where did Antonio go after Miss Violet and Red left?
7.
What happened there?
8.
Where was Anthony's brother Andrew during all this?
9.
Describe Anthony's dream of God.
10.
When will Anthony receive Holy Communion?
11.
What did Florence and Anthony talk about?
1.
What happened to Anthony and all of his questions?
2.
What happened with the kid on the bridge?
3.
What did Tellez want?
4.
How did Ultima help?
5.
Who did the curse?
6.
What occurred when Tony and Cico got back from swimming?
7.
Where is Tony being sent?
8.
What did Tony's father believe evil actually was?
9.
How long did Tony work and at the end of his working?
10.
Who came in the story again?
11.
Why?
12.
What did the owl represent?
13.
What happened to the owl?
14.
Explain the meaning of the end of the story.

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