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Pedro Paramo Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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. Why does Dolores try to delay her wedding to Pedro?



3. What does Father Rentería do in order to help himself go to sleep?



4. Where is Doña Eduviges' house located?



5. How long have the man and woman been in Comala?



Short Essay Questions

1. What does Justina tell Susana she is going to tell don Pedro when he comes?



2. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?



3. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?



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



5. Why does Susana reject Father Rentería in her last living moments?



6. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?



7. What does the woman tell Juan about the roads leaving from Comala?



8. How does what happens to Toribio Aldrete confirm don Pedro's immoral behavior?



9. Why does Dorotea say she is no longer interested in the sky?



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



Essay Topics

In the novel, Pedro thinks: "Nothing can last forever. There isn't any memory, no matter how intense, that doesn't fade out at last" (95). Do you agree with this? Cite evidence from the text that supports your conclusion. Do any of the memories that affect the characters lives fade out? Which memories do not fade away? How do these memories affect the characters' fates?

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?

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?

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