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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4 The Sons of La Malinche.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Paz begins Chapter Two, he says that the Mexican is always afraid to glance at his neighbor. What reason does he give for that?
(a) The glance could reveal his isolation.
(b) His neighbor reveals the disillusioned character of Mexico.
(c) The glance could spark rage.
(d) His neighbor is a pathetic version of himself.

2. What masculine trait enters into the idea of feminine modesty?
(a) Vanity.
(b) Protection.
(c) Strength.
(d) Love.

3. What role does the Mexican man play in society?
(a) He defends everything that he has.
(b) He wants to raise Mexico to a place of prominence in the world.
(c) He seeks to expand his control in the world.
(d) He protects everything entrusted to him.

4. How did Paz consider his philosophical questions?
(a) As a waste of time.
(b) As an excuse for not facing reality.
(c) As meaningful only if they addressed the question of Mexican identity.
(d) As the only means to find answers.

5. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?
(a) Mexicans are modest, while North Americans are afraid of their bodies.
(b) Mexicans are ashamed of their bodies, while North Americans live with physical exuberance.
(c) Mexicans live with abandon while North Americans are prudent.
(d) Mexicans are afraid of their bodies, while North Americans are modest.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the worker lack mystery?

2. In his obsession with hygiene, work, and health, what does the North American miss?

3. Where does Paz state that the Mexican's indifference hides his life force?

4. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).

5. In Paz's estimation, what vital word has the Mexican forgotten?

(see the answer key)

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