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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What duality does the pachuco represent?
(a) A clown whose purpose is terror.
(b) A victim obsessed with revenge.
(c) A fiend whose trademark is hearty laughter.
(d) A saint deeply involved in scandal.

2. What is the Mexican concept of work?
(a) An important action performed extremely well.
(b) An impersonal action executed carefully.
(c) A personal action handled slowly and carefully.
(d) A mindless action performed quickly.

3. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?
(a) Its impracticality.
(b) Its exaggeration.
(c) Its colors.
(d) Its disregard for current fashion.

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

5. Paz discusses the result of persecution on the pachuco. What is that result?
(a) It strengthens his anger.
(b) It breaks his solitude.
(c) It makes him distrustful.
(d) It makes him stronger.

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

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

8. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
(a) Being childless.
(b) Having no male relatives.
(c) Having no siblings.
(d) Being an orphan.

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

10. Why do Mexicans tell lies (Chapter Two)?
(a) To create confusion.
(b) To protect the other person.
(c) Merely for the enjoyment of it.
(d) To hide themselves.

11. What is Paz's opinion about the physical features distinguishing Mexicans from North Americans?
(a) They are not as important as commonly believed.
(b) People do not understand their significance.
(c) People are too distracted by them.
(d) They are more important than commonly believed.

12. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?
(a) The shadow of dissimulation.
(b) The shadow of Catholicism.
(c) The shadow of truth.
(d) The shadow of Nobody.

13. What is the most valued trait in both the military and political realms?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Stoicism.
(c) Valor.
(d) Courage.

14. Other than solitude, what does the Mexican often feel in relation to other peoples?
(a) Inferiority.
(b) Complete isolation.
(c) Weakness.
(d) Intellectualism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paz, what does it mean when a person is alone?

2. When does intimacy sprout among Mexicans?

3. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

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

5. What masculine trait enters into the idea of feminine modesty?

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