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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Aside from being an excess, what does the fiesta revolt against?
(a) Death.
(b) Form.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Life.

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

3. 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.

4. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?
(a) At the end of his life.
(b) When he is in love.
(c) In childhood.
(d) During adolescence.

5. In Latin America, what was the importance of Jose Gorostiza's poem, Muerte sin Fin?
(a) It presented the best example of the Mexican fascination with horror.
(b) It was the best evidence of a truly modern awareness.
(c) It was the last example of the colonial mindset.
(d) It presented the Spanish conquest through the eyes of modernity.

6. How does the pachuco present himself to the people around him?
(a) As a man searching for a home.
(b) As a lost man.
(c) As a solitary, challenging figure.
(d) As one of the group.

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

8. What model do Mexicans prefer that the woman follow?
(a) The model of ancient Mexican goddesses.
(b) The model of The Virgin Mary - chaste and kind.
(c) A general model of decency, secrecy, and long-suffering.
(d) A model of strength, praise, and fortitude.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are a woman's instincts those of a species rather than her own?

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

3. What does the Mexican value in art, religion, and politics?

4. How did Paz consider his philosophical questions?

5. To follow Paz's previous argument, what is the result when one Mexican confides in another?

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