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

2. What does Miguel tell Ana about why he comes to her window?

3. How does Damiana originally know Juan?

4. How old is Damiana when her sister dies?

5. What does Rogelio asked young Pedro to do for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Eduviges and Dolorita promise to die together?

2. Why does don Pedro want to marry Dolores?

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

4. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

5. What does Juan Preciado hope to accomplish by finding his father?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does María Dyada believe that her sister Eduviges is worthy of redemption?

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

Dolores is a conflicted character. Originally she is in love with Pedro and excited to learn he wants to marry her, but she soon becomes disenchanted with her life with him.

- What causes Dolores' change of heart?

- Dolores tells Juan not to ask his father for anything, but also to make him pay. Explain what you think she means by this. What do you think Dolores actually wants Juan to do? Using examples from the text explain why you think this.

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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