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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when the Mexican dissimulates?
(a) He preserves his individuality intact.
(b) He becomes estranged from society.
(c) He nearly ceases to exist.
(d) He merges with the common people.

2. 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) They are more important than commonly believed.
(d) People are too distracted by them.

3. Why does the worker lack mystery?
(a) He is identical to his fellow man.
(b) He is bound to time and space.
(c) He is confined to a small space in the world.
(d) He loses his communion with the Divine.

4. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).
(a) The power of the closed person, the aggressor.
(b) The power of the justified and privileged person.
(c) The subtle power of the seemingly weaker person.
(d) The power of the Creator.

5. According to Paz, what is death in modern thought?
(a) The end of all unworthy men.
(b) The putting to rest of all sorrow.
(c) The avoidable end to a wasted life.
(d) The predictable end to a natural progression.

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

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

8. Why does a Mexican blend into his surroundings and become solely Appearance?
(a) He loves appearance.
(b) He fears appearances.
(c) He wants to end his individuality.
(d) He fears human interaction.

9. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?
(a) Old men who no longer have a connection to their native land.
(b) Young men who leave Mexico for the United States hoping for a better life.
(c) Old men who keep the memory of Mexico alive in their grandchildren who were born in the United States.
(d) Rebellious youths who are not assimilated into North American culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Through dissimulation, what does a Mexican attempt to do?

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

4. How do Mexicans avoid the dangers of romantic relationships, according to Paz?

5. What makes the foreigner skeptical about Mexicans (Chapter Four)?

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