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Assignment #7

Write a short essay answering the following questions:

As he tells the story, how does Antonio make sense of the conflicts he encounters? Does he seem to prefer the world and viewpoint of his mother and her brothers, his father and Ultima, or some other influence? What about each of these points of view appeals to Antonio, makes him feel curious, excited, or secure? Which of these influences seems dominant in his eyes? What things in particular are confusing from Antonio’s point of view, either for him or for the reader?

Assignment #8

Create a Venn Diagram:

That compares and contrasts Antonio’s life inside the house (with his mother and Ultima) to the life he lives outside the house (first introduced on the riverbank in Chapter Dos), and later at his uncle’s. How, if at all, do these two worlds overlap or intersect?

Assignment #9

For homework, reflect on the following prompt and write one to two paragraphs:

Think about the role of religion in your lives, or in the lives of people to whom you are close. How do God and morality shape Antonio? How does your sense of God and belief in what is right and wrong shape who you are?

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