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. What happens to Miguel's mother?

2. How long does Justina take care of Susana?

3. How does Father Rentería's confessor suggest the priest deals with sin in Comala?

4. How many men is El Tilcuate fighting with?

5. What is the name of don Pedro's lawyer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

2. Describe the memory Susana has in the grave that Juan and Dorotea overhear.

3. What does Gerardo's wife tell him before he visits don Pedro?

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

5. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?

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

7. What is unusual about Susana's reaction to her mother's death?

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

9. How does don Pedro deal with the news of Miguel's crimes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The love relationships between the characters in the novel are depicted both positively and negatively. For each of the following relationships, explain whether you think it is a positive or negative depiction of romantic love:

- Donis and his sister

- Susana and Florencio

- Dolores and Pedro

- Susana and Pedro

- Abundio and his wife

What do you think Rulfo is trying to say about romantic love based on his description of these relationships? Do you think he believes in the power of romantic love to provide solace in people's lives? Why or why not?

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

One of the themes that runs through the novel is the nature of redemption and hope in a person's life. Select one of the following characters and explain what gives them hope during their lives:

- Juan

- Pedro

- Susana

- Dolores

- Dorotea

Address how (or if) they are able to find any sort of redemption in the afterlife. How do you know this from the novel?

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