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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 Susana's mother always say?
2. What comes to Comala after Susana's death?
3. Where has Susana and her father been living?
4. Why don't the women want Susana to die?
5. What month does Susana's mother die in?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does doña Inés want Abundio to tell his dead wife?
2. How does don Pedro deal with Susana's death?
3. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?
4. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.
5. Why does Dorotea say she is no longer interested in the sky?
6. Why do Angeles and Fausta think Susana doesn't need confess her sins?
7. Why does Susana reject Father Rentería in her last living moments?
8. What happens when the revolutionaries come to don Pedro's house?
9. What does Father Rentería describe to Susana as she lay dying?
10. Why does don Pedro want Susana's father to disappear in the mines?
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
"Pedro Páramo" has several structural elements that appear often in Modernist and Surrealist literature. Explain how the novel uses the following:
- Circular narrative
- Stories within stories
- Setting shifts
How do each of these contribute to the development of the plot.
Essay Topic 3
Pedro has very different relationships with the three sons that we meet in the novel: Juan, Abundio, and Miguel. Compare and contrast his relationship with his three sons. Address the following:
- Legitimate versus illegitimate status
- Are his sons good or evil?
- How has being the son of Pedro Páramo affected each son's life for better or worse?
After comparing and contrasting the relationship Pedro has with his three sons, explain whether or not you think Pedro is a truly evil father? Does he do anything right? Using clues from the text, describe what you think Pedro's relationship is like with his own father? How do you think this affects his relationship with his own sons?
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