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 mother want him to do?

2. What does Galileo tell his brother-in-law he needs in order to pay off his debt?

3. Who does Chona's lover say he runs off with instead?

4. Why can't the boy's family buy a new mill?

5. Who is the old woman that comes into the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the road to Comala.

3. Describe the night Susana learns of Florencio's death.

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

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

6. What happens during Father Rentería's confession?

7. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

8. What frustrates don Pedro about Susana?

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

10. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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