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 does Damiana hear that reminds her of the Devil?

2. Who tells don Pedro that Susana is back in town?

3. After learning what has happened to Miguel, what does don Pedro order to be done?

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

5. Who tells don Pedro that El Tilcuate is killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What frustrates don Pedro about Susana?

5. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?

6. What happens between don Pedro and Damiana when she is a girl?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Don Pedro is a complex character. When the reader is introduced to him as a young boy, he is dreamy, innocent, and consumed with love for Susana. Over time, however, we see Pedro commit evil acts without regards to the feeling of others. Based on what you know about tragic heroes,do consider Pedro a tragic figure? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text and compose an essay addressing the following aspects of his character:

- How do Pedro's emotions affect his actions?

- How do Fulgor's dealings with Pedro show the dual nature of Pedro's character?

- How does Pedro's reactions to Toribio and El Tilucate reveal his dual nature?

- What do you think is behind his unethical behavior? Why does he do the things that he does?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sorrow is seen as an omnipresent and necessary part of life in Comala. Explain the characters' experience of sorrow in each of the following examples:

- Susana's mourning of Florencio

- Dorotea's sorrow over her unborn child

- Pedro's mourning over Susana

- Abundio's mourning over his wife

What are the consequences of each of these losses? How does the sorrow affect the lives of the ones left living? Would you agree that sorrow is necessary in life? Why or why not?

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