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 Galileo tell his brother-in-law he needs in order to pay off his debt?

2. How old is Damiana when her sister dies?

3. Why is don Pedro upset over Fulgor's arrangements for his marriage to Dolores?

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

5. What does the burro driver tell Juan happens to don Pedro?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?

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

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

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

7. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

8. What does doña Inés want Abundio to tell his dead wife?

9. What does Gerardo's wife tell him before he visits don Pedro?

10. Describe the memory Pedro has of Susana as he sits in the privy.

Essay 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

Don Pedro and Father Rentería are two different examples of characters dealing with the consequences of their actions. Don Pedro seems to live a guiltless life without regret, while Father Rentería is consumed by guilt. Compare and contrast the two characters based on the following:

- What actions in their lives most affect the two characters?

- How do they deal with the consequences of their actions

- Who do you think is the more sympathetic of the characters? Why?

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