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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 is Eduviges' house full of?

2. Who sleeps next to Pedro on his wedding night?

3. What does the boy's mother want him to do?

4. What does the woman tell Juan to drink?

5. Who finds Juan's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between don Pedro and Damiana when she is a girl?

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

3. How does don Pedro deal with the news of Miguel's crimes?

4. What happens during Father Rentería's confession?

5. What does Father Rentería describe to Susana as she lay dying?

6. What is the deal that Abundio and Eduviges make?

7. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?

8. What is unusual about Susana's reaction to her mother's death?

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

10. What is Dorotea's second dream?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Susana represents two sides of our natures: the physical and the spiritual, the body versus the soul. Susana rejects the spiritual realm and instead revels in sensual, corporeal pleasures and sensations. Give at least three examples of the text where Susana remembers a physical, bodily experience. How does her nature affect her fate? Do you think her sensual nature is at all to blame for the nature of her relationship with Pedro? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Eduviges tells Juan that the secret of redemption is to die "when you want to" or else to force God "to take you before your time".

- Why do you think she says this?

- Much of the plot is developed through the stories of the dead. Why do you think Rulfo has ghosts tell the stories? What can we learn from the past? How does this relate to Eduviges' advice?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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