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 priest drink every night at suppertime?

2. What is the earliest date that Dolores says she can be married?

3. Who tells Juan where to stay while in Comala?

4. What is Inocencio Osorio's nickname?

5. What happens to Juan's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Juan's mother hate having her picture taken?

3. Describe the relationship between don Pedro and Dolores.

4. Why does don Pedro want to marry Dolores?

5. How is Comala different from how Juan's mother describes it?

6. What is the deal that Abundio and Eduviges make?

7. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The point of view in the novel changes often from 1st person narration to third person. Find at least one example each of first person narration and third person narration and explain how it shifts the reader's attention to the character and plot. Make sure you indicate who the narrator is in the first person example. In the first person example, what does the reader know (or suspect) that the narrator does not?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why you think "Pedro Páramo" is an example of Magical Realism. Using specific examples of the text, address the following themes:

- Use of the supernatural

- Realistic aspects

- Extraordinary occurring at the same time as the ordinary

Explain why you think Rulfo uses this style to tell his story. What does the Magical Realism genre allow him to do as an author?

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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