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. When does Miguel first begin having girls procured for him?

2. What does Susana ask Justina if she is killed?

3. How long does don Pedro wait for Susana's return?

4. What happens right before don Pedro's death that finally empties the town of men?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't don Pedro's lawyer continue holding his papers after he leaves?

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

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

4. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?

5. Why don't the men of Comala come to the marketplace?

6. What frustrates don Pedro about Susana?

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

8. Why does Susana think Father Rentería has come to see her?

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

10. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Juan Preciado explains when he realizes that he is being haunted, "I don't know. I see things and people where you may not see anything." The people of Comala are literally being haunted by the ghosts of the dead, but the novel also shows how the characters are figuratively haunted by memories of their past, by their regrets and by the actions of other. Select at least three of the following characters and explain what memories they are haunted by:

- Pedro

- Susana

- Father Rentería

- Dorotea

- Donis' sister

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

Susana's character is revealed to the reader almost entirely through her memories and delusions as heard from her grave. Give examples of the ways in which she is revealed to be losing her mind. Do you think her madness is a protective mechanism against the forces around her or an escape from them? How does Susana's behavior affect those around her, including Father Rentería, Justina, and Pedro? Do you think that Susana is a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

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