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 does Susana want Justina to leave?

2. Why does Dorotea come to Media Luna each morning?

3. What does don Pedro do to the man who remembers don Pedro's death from his grave?

4. What do the revolutionaries get tired of?

5. Why can't Bartolomé's body be brought back to be buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

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

3. Describe the night Susana learns of Florencio's death.

4. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?

5. How does don Pedro deal with Susana's death?

6. Why does don Pedro want Susana's father to disappear in the mines?

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

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

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

10. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Dolores is a conflicted character. Originally she is in love with Pedro and excited to learn he wants to marry her, but she soon becomes disenchanted with her life with him.

- What causes Dolores' change of heart?

- Dolores tells Juan not to ask his father for anything, but also to make him pay. Explain what you think she means by this. What do you think Dolores actually wants Juan to do? Using examples from the text explain why you think this.

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