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. Why are the women in the boy's house saying a novena?

2. Why does Pedro say he loves Dolores?

3. How old is Damiana when her sister dies?

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

5. Who tells Juan to go to Comala?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the burro driver tell Juan about how don Pedro treats women?

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

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

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

6. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

7. Describe the relationship between don Pedro and Dolores.

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

9. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

10. Describe the road to Comala.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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