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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 extreme at which the Mexican can arrive.
(d) One step along the path that a Mexican can take.

3. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).
(a) The Mexican is stronger when he is alone.
(b) The Mexican is himself only in the crowd of a fiesta or ceremony.
(c) The Mexican only lives when he faces death.
(d) The Mexican does not dare or want to be himself.

4. According to Paz, what is the Mexican's relationship with his fellow man?
(a) He changes him to Nobody.
(b) He ignores him.
(c) He respects him only if they are the same social class.
(d) He respects him only if he is revered.

5. What did Paz find in the actions and faces of North Americans?
(a) An unrealistic optimism about the future.
(b) A faith in their society and confidence in its survival.
(c) A fear about the survival of their society.
(d) A faith in man's intrinsic goodness and its effects on their culture.

6. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?
(a) The representation of virginity.
(b) The representation of violated womanhood.
(c) A living mother.
(d) A mythical mother.

7. What do a pachuco's actions and lifestyle demonstrate?
(a) His desire to return to Mexico.
(b) His will to remain different.
(c) His anger at a culture that will not assimilate him.
(d) His dissatisfaction with North American culture.

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

9. Why is death a part of the fiesta (Chapter Three)?
(a) Because people often get drunk and violent.
(b) Because Mexico celebrates all aspects of life, even the end.
(c) Because exuberant death is honorable.
(d) Because the Mexican seeks to escape from himself.

10. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?
(a) As a moment of truth.
(b) As infidelity to the human spirit.
(c) As a sign of strength.
(d) As a betrayal or weakness.

11. From what does a fiesta free the Mexican, in Paz's understanding?
(a) The explosive desires he carries in his heart.
(b) The sense of unfulfilled desires.
(c) The horror of human thought.
(d) The drudgery of common living.

12. What contributes to the power of the word, chingar, and all of its derivations?
(a) The fact that its derivations are many and complicated.
(b) The fact that it is prohibited in public places.
(c) The fact that people use the word in religious ceremonies.
(d) The fact that the word is related to words related to death.

13. How are the worlds of terrorism and mass production similar to each other? (Chapter Four).
(a) They are worlds of things.
(b) Their primary catalyst is guilt.
(c) They focus on the individuality of man.
(d) However subtle, they use persecution.

14. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?
(a) When the woman is most vulnerable to attack.
(b) When the woman's natural frailty becomes a virtue.
(c) When the woman overcomes her natural frailty.
(d) When the woman becomes impassive in the face of suffering.

15. What is the Spanish view of women in contrast to the Mexican?
(a) Women are wild and lecherous.
(b) Women are idols.
(c) Women are shaped by the minds of men.
(d) Women are decent and modest.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Other than solitude, what does the Mexican often feel in relation to other peoples?

3. In his obsession with hygiene, work, and health, what does the North American miss?

4. Why do Mexicans tell lies (Chapter Two)?

5. When Aztec victims were sacrificed, why did their deaths lack personal meaning?

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