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. How does Father Rentería suggest that María Dyada try to get redemption for her sister?

2. Whose wedding dress is Dolores invited to wear?

3. What does Damiana say she hears "night after night"?

4. Where is Juan the day before he gets to Comala?

5. What happens to Juan's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

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

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

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

5. What clues are you given as to the boy's family's financial situation?

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

7. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

8. What is Dorotea's first dream?

9. Describe the road to Comala.

10. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The women in the novel are very vulnerable characters who often are at the mercy of evil, controlling men. Select at least three of the following characters and analyze their place in the context of the novel:

- Dolores

- Eduviges

- Susana

- Damiana

- Donis' sister

Addressing the following questions:

- How does the character react to her fate?

- How is the character motivated by factors related to her gender?

- How do other characters treat her?

- Overall, do you think women are totally powerless in the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Juan's descent into Comala is like an ascension into hell. Later the reader learns that Comala's dead remain in the town as a purgatory. Select three of the following characters and explain why their ghosts are stuck in Comala:

- Dorotea

- Eduviges

- Susana

- Juan

- Abundio

Address how each of their stories help the reader learn more about Pedro and his life.

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