Comprehension: What is the overall tone of "The Christmas Play"? Why did the author choose this tone?
Comprehension: Why don't the boys care that they are messing up Miss Violet's play? What is surprising about how Miss Violet treats the boys?
Comprehension: "The Christmas Play" begins and ends with images of a quiet tomb. Why is this important to the story?
Context: How do the tone and setting of "The Christmas Play" compare to the tones and settings of works by Helena Maria Viramontes and Tomas Rivera?
Exploration: Late-capitalist societies often value immediate access to goods, information, and institutional resources as basic features of everyday life. How does such an environment affect people's expectations of a "proper" education, and how does it compare with other environments' notions of education? While also considering how the process of becoming educated influences one's aesthetic preferences for art and literature, explore this question in relation to Anaya's story as well as the works of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain.
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