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 Juan think his mother dies of?

2. What is Galileo's wife's name?

3. What does the boy's mother want him to do?

4. Whose wedding dress is Dolores invited to wear?

5. What do Juan and the burro driver have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Dorotea's first dream?

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

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

5. Explain Miguel Paramo's fate.

6. What is Dorotea's second dream?

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

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

9. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sorrow is seen as an omnipresent and necessary part of life in Comala. Explain the characters' experience of sorrow in each of the following examples:

- Susana's mourning of Florencio

- Dorotea's sorrow over her unborn child

- Pedro's mourning over Susana

- Abundio's mourning over his wife

What are the consequences of each of these losses? How does the sorrow affect the lives of the ones left living? Would you agree that sorrow is necessary in life? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The women in the novel are very vulnerable characters who often are at the mercy of evil, controlling men. Select at least three of the following characters and analyze their place in the context of the novel:

- Dolores

- Eduviges

- Susana

- Damiana

- Donis' sister

Addressing the following questions:

- How does the character react to her fate?

- How is the character motivated by factors related to her gender?

- How do other characters treat her?

- Overall, do you think women are totally powerless in the novel? Why or why not?

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