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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Paz consider his philosophical questions?
(a) As meaningful only if they addressed the question of Mexican identity.
(b) As an excuse for not facing reality.
(c) As a waste of time.
(d) As the only means to find answers.

2. How does the philosophy of progress treat death?
(a) It pretends to make death disappear.
(b) It disregards death entirely.
(c) It minimizes death.
(d) It treats death as one more step in life.

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

4. When does the pachuco become his true self?
(a) When he is alone.
(b) When he is surrounded by fellow Mexicans.
(c) When his life explodes.
(d) When he is in Mexico.

5. During the fiesta of Grito, why do the people shout for one hour, in Paz's interpretation?
(a) So the name of Grito cannot be heard.
(b) To express their rage.
(c) To express great joy.
(d) So they can be silent the rest of the year.

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

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

8. How are the evil words a sign and seal?
(a) They seal the intention of the speaker.
(b) They project the result that they will bring.
(c) They pull men out of their solitude.
(d) They identify fellow Mexicans among strangers.

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

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

11. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?
(a) Peruvians.
(b) Nigerians.
(c) Orientals.
(d) Germans.

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

13. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?
(a) Through self-denial.
(b) Through suffering.
(c) Through sacrifice.
(d) In love.

14. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?
(a) Mexicans are afraid of their bodies, while North Americans are modest.
(b) Mexicans are ashamed of their bodies, while North Americans live with physical exuberance.
(c) Mexicans live with abandon while North Americans are prudent.
(d) Mexicans are modest, while North Americans are afraid of their bodies.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the worker lack mystery?

2. How are the worlds of terrorism and mass production similar to each other? (Chapter Four).

3. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?

4. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?

5. What mentality does Paz attribute to the Mexican?

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