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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does a man become "like the angels" (Chapter Three, page 61)?
(a) By opening fully to death, as well as to life.
(b) By entrusting everything to God.
(c) By valuing life to its final moment.
(d) By running from death to an embracement of life.

2. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?
(a) He loses communion with his fellow man.
(b) He stops earning what he is worth.
(c) He loses his individuality.
(d) He loses his sense of the Divine.

3. Why are people sad if a person dies badly (Chapter Three)?
(a) The death should reflect the life.
(b) There will be no rest for his soul.
(c) The life is less important than the death.
(d) There is no honor in an untoward death.

4. In Paz's estimation, what vital word has the Mexican forgotten?
(a) The word that gives him peace with all others.
(b) The word tying him to life forces of creativity and destruction.
(c) The word that allows him to reach out to others.
(d) The word of love given to him by his mother.

5. Why did Catholicism drastically change the Aztec view of life?
(a) It placed man's salvation outside himself.
(b) It emphasized man's humanity and personhood.
(c) It placed a merciful God in charge.
(d) It saw life linearly rather than cyclically.

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

7. When does intimacy sprout among Mexicans?
(a) When they are in love.
(b) When they are most alone.
(c) When the nation is least involved in world affairs.
(d) When incited by violence, alcohol, or a fiesta.

8. According to Paz, how does death end when a civilization denies it?
(a) By living fully.
(b) It does not end.
(c) By evading death.
(d) Through the denial of life.

9. Why does the modern novelist rarely choose the worker as his protagonist?
(a) The worker cannot adequately capture what the novelist wants to convey.
(b) The worker is not modern enough.
(c) The worker is too recent and similar to his boss.
(d) The worker is not a universal figure.

10. What connotation does the verb, chingar, carry?
(a) Violation.
(b) Mythical power.
(c) Failure.
(d) Disaster.

11. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?
(a) It is either hypocritical or incomplete.
(b) It illustrates man's limitations.
(c) It is not convincing.
(d) It is truthful and realistic.

12. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?
(a) It was an ethereal sense of nationality.
(b) People struggled to retain Mexican identity in a foreign land.
(c) No one truly knew that it meant to be Mexican.
(d) It did not mix with the North American efficiency or precision.

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

14. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
(a) Those who are focused on making Mexico a part of the world.
(b) The Mexican nation as a whole.
(c) Those who are seeking a better philosophy as Mexicans.
(d) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?

3. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?

4. In the book's argument, what happens when a Mexican woman is passive?

5. In Paz's thought, what does a study of the great myths reveal?

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