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. Who does Fulgor think Miguel has been with?

2. What does Pedro initially tell Father Rentería to do with Miguel when he is a baby?

3. Why don't the people who come from Apango bring ocote pine and oak mulch?

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

5. What is Damiana's excuse for not having made a novena in so long?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens when the revolutionaries come to don Pedro's house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The weather is a major part of how Rulfo develops his narrative. Find at least three examples from the novel where the weather, specifically the rain, heat, and wind, builds up the narrative tension in the story. What emotions do the weather conditions reflect or symbolize? How does the weather mirror what is going on with the plot?

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

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?

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