Short Answer Key
Chapter I The Pachuco and Other Extremes
1. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?
2. Paz says that during critical moments in a nation's development, the people ask themselves a critical question. What is that question?
Who are we and how can we fulfill this obligation?
3. How did Paz consider his philosophical questions?
As an excuse for not facing reality.
4. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.
5. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?
It did not mix with the North American efficiency or precision.
6. What is Paz's opinion about the physical features distinguishing Mexicans from North Americans?
They are not as important as commonly believed.
7. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?...
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