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 Pedro initially tell Father Rentería to do with Miguel when he is a baby?

2. How many men is El Tilcuate fighting with?

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

4. Who is the shot that kills don Lucas intended for?

5. What does Dorotea say Susana does, "even when she is alive"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Father Rentería feel guilty about Miguel's crimes?

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

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

5. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

6. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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