Pedro Paramo Test | Final 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. Why can't Bartolomé's body be brought back to be buried?

2. In what month does Susana die?

3. What does Dorotea carry around with her?

4. What does don Pedro give the lawyer for his troubles?

5. How many men does don Pedro offer to assist the revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does doña Inés want Abundio to tell his dead wife?

4. Why do Angeles and Fausta think Susana doesn't need confess her sins?

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

6. Why is Fulgor Sedano happy about the rain?

7. Why does Father Rentería feel guilty about Miguel's crimes?

8. How does don Pedro avenge his father's death?

9. What does Father Rentería describe to Susana as she lay dying?

10. Why is Villalpando in such a bad mood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rulfo uses the historical context of the 1910-1920 Mexican Civil War to frame his novel. Based on what you learn about the Revolution and on your reading of the novel, do you think this revolution is a true revolution of the peasants or is it based on other less lofty ideals? Explain Pedro's, El Tilcuate's and Father Rentería's role in the Revolution. What does each of their roles in the Revolution reveal about their character?

Essay Topic 2

Eduviges tells Juan that the secret of redemption is to die "when you want to" or else to force God "to take you before your time".

- Why do you think she says this?

- Much of the plot is developed through the stories of the dead. Why do you think Rulfo has ghosts tell the stories? What can we learn from the past? How does this relate to Eduviges' advice?

Essay Topic 3

Pedro has very different relationships with the three sons that we meet in the novel: Juan, Abundio, and Miguel. Compare and contrast his relationship with his three sons. Address the following:

- Legitimate versus illegitimate status

- Are his sons good or evil?

- How has being the son of Pedro Páramo affected each son's life for better or worse?

After comparing and contrasting the relationship Pedro has with his three sons, explain whether or not you think Pedro is a truly evil father? Does he do anything right? Using clues from the text, describe what you think Pedro's relationship is like with his own father? How do you think this affects his relationship with his own sons?

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