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 is Osorio's other talent?

2. How many children are in Damiana's family?

3. How does Dolores say she will tell her sister about her upcoming wedding?

4. Who sleeps next to Pedro on his wedding night?

5. Who tells Eduviges that Juan is coming to town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does don Pedro want to marry Dolores?

2. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

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

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

5. Why is Father Rentería conflicted after Miguel's death?

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

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

8. Why does Fulgor end up working with don Pedro even after don Lucas' death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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?

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