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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the boy's grandmother want him to do for her?

2. Why does Dolores try to delay her wedding to Pedro?

3. What does Father Rentería do in order to help himself go to sleep?

4. Where is Doña Eduviges' house located?

5. How long have the man and woman been in Comala?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Justina tell Susana she is going to tell don Pedro when he comes?

2. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

3. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

4. Why are the two women that Juan encounters in the street worried?

5. Why does Susana reject Father Rentería in her last living moments?

6. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?

7. What does the woman tell Juan about the roads leaving from Comala?

8. How does what happens to Toribio Aldrete confirm don Pedro's immoral behavior?

9. Why does Dorotea say she is no longer interested in the sky?

10. What does the woman think is wrong with the other woman?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Susana's character is revealed to the reader almost entirely through her memories and delusions as heard from her grave. Give examples of the ways in which she is revealed to be losing her mind. Do you think her madness is a protective mechanism against the forces around her or an escape from them? How does Susana's behavior affect those around her, including Father Rentería, Justina, and Pedro? Do you think that Susana is a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Pedro has very different relationships with the three sons that we meet in the novel: Juan, Abundio, and Miguel. Compare and contrast his relationship with his three sons. Address the following:

- Legitimate versus illegitimate status

- Are his sons good or evil?

- How has being the son of Pedro Páramo affected each son's life for better or worse?

After comparing and contrasting the relationship Pedro has with his three sons, explain whether or not you think Pedro is a truly evil father? Does he do anything right? Using clues from the text, describe what you think Pedro's relationship is like with his own father? How do you think this affects his relationship with his own sons?

Essay Topic 3

As Juan Preciado explains when he realizes that he is being haunted, "I don't know. I see things and people where you may not see anything." The people of Comala are literally being haunted by the ghosts of the dead, but the novel also shows how the characters are figuratively haunted by memories of their past, by their regrets and by the actions of other. Select at least three of the following characters and explain what memories they are haunted by:

- Pedro

- Susana

- Father Rentería

- Dorotea

- Donis' sister

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