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 boy's grandmother want him to do for her?

2. What does the boy's mother say happens to him if he stays too long in the privy?

3. Why does Dolores try to delay her wedding to Pedro?

4. What does the boy's mother want him to buy for her?

5. How old is Damiana when her sister dies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the relationship between don Pedro and Dolores.

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

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

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

8. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

9. What is Dorotea's first dream?

10. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Susana represents two sides of our natures: the physical and the spiritual, the body versus the soul. Susana rejects the spiritual realm and instead revels in sensual, corporeal pleasures and sensations. Give at least three examples of the text where Susana remembers a physical, bodily experience. How does her nature affect her fate? Do you think her sensual nature is at all to blame for the nature of her relationship with Pedro? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The weather is a major part of how Rulfo develops his narrative. Find at least three examples from the novel where the weather, specifically the rain, heat, and wind, builds up the narrative tension in the story. What emotions do the weather conditions reflect or symbolize? How does the weather mirror what is going on with the plot?

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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