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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6 From Independence to the Revolution.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the pachuco represent in Paz's writing?
(a) The typical Mexican living in North American culture.
(b) One extreme at which the Mexican can arrive.
(c) One step along the path that a Mexican can take.
(d) The modern-day religious saint.

2. Why is a study of colonialism important in understanding Mexican history?
(a) The nation's beginnings were heavily influenced by North Americans.
(b) The nation began through the colonization of several surrounding nations.
(c) The nation was founded by a Spanish conquest of Indians.
(d) The nation was founded through a peaceful Spanish immersion into Indian culture.

3. To follow Paz's previous argument, what is the result when one Mexican confides in another?
(a) Alienation.
(b) Dishonor.
(c) Affection.
(d) Sadness.

4. As Paz uderstands it, what is the Mexican's relation to death?
(a) Intimate but empty.
(b) Emotionally remote.
(c) Sacrificial.
(d) Intimate and heartbreaking.

5. What duality does the pachuco represent?
(a) A victim obsessed with revenge.
(b) A fiend whose trademark is hearty laughter.
(c) A clown whose purpose is terror.
(d) A saint deeply involved in scandal.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Plan of Ayala go into effect?

2. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?

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

4. According to Paz, why does the liar tell lies to himself?

5. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?

(see the answer key)

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