Rudolfo Anaya's Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry


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In Anaya's essay, what does he mean by 'tortillas'?

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1. Why did Anaya include Rushdie's childhood story?

2. Anaya's book 'Bless Me, Ultima' blends together several elements. Which of the following best represents the main elements in the book?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of Rudolfe Anaya's Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry in the context of the Chicano literary movement. Review censorship and self-censorship and examine Salman Rushdie and magical realism in Anaya's literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to review concepts in the following subject areas:

  • Literary and cultural elements in Bless Me, Ultima
  • The childhood of Rushdie
  • The meaning of tortillas
  • Publication censorship and self-censorship
  • The difficulty of publication in Chicano literature

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will aid students in practicing the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the Spanish and other cultures to understand the themes of Bless Me, Ultima
  • Critical thinking - apply the concept of self-censorship to examine information about Chicano literature in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the difficulties of publication for Chicano writers

Additional Learning

To learn more about Anaya's Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry, study the adjacent lesson called Rudolfo Anaya's Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The Chicano literature movement
  • Self-censorship
  • Censorship in publishing
  • Salman Rushdie's childhood in Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry
  • Magical realism in Bless Me, Ultima