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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?
(a) Orientals.
(b) Nigerians.
(c) Germans.
(d) Peruvians.

2. What is the French sociologists' interpretation of the fiesta?
(a) The people's misunderstanding of life increases their desire for death.
(b) The people's squandering of money appeases the gods.
(c) The people's disregard for obligations enhances their sense of time.
(d) The people's disregard for death increases their sense of life.

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

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

5. When Aztec victims were sacrificed, why did their deaths lack personal meaning?
(a) No one was left to mourn for them.
(b) They were at the bottom of the social scale.
(c) Any sacrifice to the gods was seen impersonally.
(d) Their lives did not belong to them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was sacrificed when Porfirio Diaz took power and subdued anarchy?

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

3. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?

4. What was the motto of positivism?

5. In Paz's argument, how have tradition and religion always been presented to the Mexicans?

(see the answer key)

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