Pedro Paramo Test | 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

"Pedro Páramo" has several structural elements that appear often in Modernist and Surrealist literature. Explain how the novel uses the following:

- Circular narrative

- Stories within stories

- Setting shifts

How do each of these contribute to the development of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The love relationships between the characters in the novel are depicted both positively and negatively. For each of the following relationships, explain whether you think it is a positive or negative depiction of romantic love:

- Donis and his sister

- Susana and Florencio

- Dolores and Pedro

- Susana and Pedro

- Abundio and his wife

What do you think Rulfo is trying to say about romantic love based on his description of these relationships? Do you think he believes in the power of romantic love to provide solace in people's lives? Why or why not?

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