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 burro driver tell Juan is "a plague that takes over a person's house the minute they leave"?

2. Who tells Eduviges that Juan is coming to town?

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

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

5. Why does Juan Preciado come to Comala?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the woman tell Juan about nights in Comala?

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

3. Why is Father Rentería conflicted after Miguel's death?

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

5. How does the woman explain her sin during confession?

6. What is Dorotea's second dream?

7. Describe the encounter between Father Rentería and María Dyada after Eduviges' death.

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

9. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

10. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

One of the themes that runs through the novel is the nature of redemption and hope in a person's life. Select one of the following characters and explain what gives them hope during their lives:

- Juan

- Pedro

- Susana

- Dolores

- Dorotea

Address how (or if) they are able to find any sort of redemption in the afterlife. How do you know this from the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The Roman Catholic religion, as embodied by Father Rentería, is critiqued throughout the novel. What is the role of religion in the lives of the people of Comala? Does it provide a solace or is it more based on fear of damnation? Which characters are most affected by their faith? What characters are affected the least? Explain how Father Rentería is seen as both a positive and negative symbol of church. Use specific examples from the text.

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