The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 a mythical figure, and thus dangerous.
(c) He sees the pachuco as a threat to North American society.
(d) He sees the pachuco as an invader.

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

3. According to Paz, what does it mean when a person is alone?
(a) He is different.
(b) He is superior.
(c) He is inferior.
(d) He can never relate to other people.

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

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 great joy.
(c) To express their rage.
(d) So they can be silent the rest of the year.

6. Where does Paz state that the Mexican's indifference hides his life force?
(a) Behind a veil of rationalism.
(b) In silence.
(c) Within a jumble of emotions.
(d) Behind a death mask.

7. What does the pachuco represent in Paz's writing?
(a) One extreme at which the Mexican can arrive.
(b) The typical Mexican living in North American culture.
(c) One step along the path that a Mexican can take.
(d) The modern-day religious saint.

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

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

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

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

12. What does the Mexican value in art, religion, and politics?
(a) Purity.
(b) Originality.
(c) Equality.
(d) Form.

13. What is the difference between the Mexican killer and the modern one?
(a) The Mexican kills as an expression of love.
(b) The Mexican obliterates an object, not a man.
(c) The Mexican kills a man, not an object.
(d) Only the Mexican killer expresses true hatred.

14. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?
(a) Because he cannot curse creatively.
(b) Because he still believes in God.
(c) Because he no longer believes in God.
(d) Because he curses for dramatic effect.

15. What mentality does Paz attribute to the Mexican?
(a) Servant.
(b) Victim.
(c) Master.
(d) Leader.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paz, what is death in modern thought?

2. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

3. According to Paz, why does the liar tell lies to himself?

4. As Paz uderstands it, what is the Mexican's relation to death?

5. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?

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