The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Day of the Dead.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?
(a) Through suffering.
(b) Through self-denial.
(c) Through sacrifice.
(d) In love.

2. What model do Mexicans prefer that the woman follow?
(a) A general model of decency, secrecy, and long-suffering.
(b) The model of The Virgin Mary - chaste and kind.
(c) A model of strength, praise, and fortitude.
(d) The model of ancient Mexican goddesses.

3. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?
(a) It allows man to be something different.
(b) It has no regard for religious mores.
(c) Man is finally free.
(d) It dissolves society.

4. Paz says that during critical moments in a nation's development, the people ask themselves a critical question. What is that question?
(a) How do we want the future to look?
(b) Who are we and how can we fulfill this obligation?
(c) Who should lead us?
(d) How can we move forward?

5. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?
(a) He sees the pachuco as an invader.
(b) He sees the pachuco as a threat to North American society.
(c) He does not know how to relate to the pachuco.
(d) He sees the pachuco as a mythical figure, and thus dangerous.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the philosophy of progress treat death?

2. To follow Paz's previous argument, what is the result when one Mexican confides in another?

3. Other than solitude, what does the Mexican often feel in relation to other peoples?

4. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?

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

(see the answer key)

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