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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does solitude assume a purifying, almost purgative, quality for the Mexican?
(a) It is proof of future communion with others.
(b) It serves to mitigate his guilt (a Catholicism concept).
(c) It wipes away his anger toward others.
(d) It concentrates the Mexican's attention on the Divine rather than on the human.

2. According to Paz, what is the "contemporary crisis"? (Chapter Seven, page 172).
(a) The crisis of self-identity sweeping South America.
(b) A struggle within a culture that no longer has any rivals.
(c) The struggle between two diverse cultures.
(d) The difficulty of Mexico relating to the advancing western world.

3. In Paz's understanding, what is the concept of modern time?
(a) A fixed present.
(b) A pure actuality.
(c) An understanding of the changes in reality.
(d) A rationalization of its passing.

4. When Paz first arrived in the United States, what surprised him most about the people?
(a) Their lack of openness.
(b) Their honesty and sense of community.
(c) Their confidence and self-assurance.
(d) Their confidence in the future of the nation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?

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

3. According to an African tradition, why does a new bride eat a little dirt from her husband's village every day?

4. In the discussion of limited choice that Paz discusses, what controls desire?

5. What is the difference between the Mexican killer and the modern one?

(see the answer key)

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