The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5 The Conquest of Colonialism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Paz's example of the village near Mitla, how is their yearly income spent?
(a) On weddings and christenings.
(b) On funerals.
(c) On fiestas.
(d) On education.

2. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?
(a) Rebellious youths who are not assimilated into North American culture.
(b) Old men who no longer have a connection to their native land.
(c) Old men who keep the memory of Mexico alive in their grandchildren who were born in the United States.
(d) Young men who leave Mexico for the United States hoping for a better life.

3. According to Paz, how does death end when a civilization denies it?
(a) Through the denial of life.
(b) By living fully.
(c) By evading death.
(d) It does not end.

4. Why does the modern novelist rarely choose the worker as his protagonist?
(a) The worker is not a universal figure.
(b) The worker cannot adequately capture what the novelist wants to convey.
(c) The worker is too recent and similar to his boss.
(d) The worker is not modern enough.

5. Through dissimulation, what does a Mexican attempt to do?
(a) Become himself in contradistinction to others.
(b) Withdraw from society to save his individuality.
(c) Share his individuality with others to make it real.
(d) Become invisible and save his individuality.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Aztec victims were sacrificed, why did their deaths lack personal meaning?

2. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

3. Why does a Mexican blend into his surroundings and become solely Appearance?

4. According to Paz, what does it mean when a person is alone?

5. In contrast to the North American, what is one of the most noticeable traits about the Mexican character?

(see the answer key)

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