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. Who tells Juan where to stay while in Comala?

2. What has Ana's uncle taught her about forgiveness?

3. Where does Dolores' sister live?

4. What does the woman think Juan does?

5. What is in the room Juan sleeps in during his first night in Comala?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

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

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

4. How does Fulgor get Dolores to agree to marry Pedro?

5. Why don't the men of Comala come to the marketplace?

6. Why is Eduviges convinced that Juan does not meet Abundio on the road to Comala?

7. Why is the priest reluctant to marry don Pedro and Dolores?

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

9. Describe the memory Susana has in the grave that Juan and Dorotea overhear.

10. What are the two men who Juan hears in the street discussing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rulfo uses the historical context of the 1910-1920 Mexican Civil War to frame his novel. Based on what you learn about the Revolution and on your reading of the novel, do you think this revolution is a true revolution of the peasants or is it based on other less lofty ideals? Explain Pedro's, El Tilcuate's and Father Rentería's role in the Revolution. What does each of their roles in the Revolution reveal about their character?

Essay Topic 2

"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 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

(see the answer keys)

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