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 is don Lucas doing when he is killed?

2. What does Abundio want from don Pedro?

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

4. When Father Rentería returns from his walk, who does he learn is waiting for him?

5. Why does Father Rentería scold his first penitent of the day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Villalpando in such a bad mood?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The point of view in the novel changes often from 1st person narration to third person. Find at least one example each of first person narration and third person narration and explain how it shifts the reader's attention to the character and plot. Make sure you indicate who the narrator is in the first person example. In the first person example, what does the reader know (or suspect) that the narrator does not?

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

Explain why you think "Pedro Páramo" is an example of Magical Realism. Using specific examples of the text, address the following themes:

- Use of the supernatural

- Realistic aspects

- Extraordinary occurring at the same time as the ordinary

Explain why you think Rulfo uses this style to tell his story. What does the Magical Realism genre allow him to do as an author?

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