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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 seal the intention of the speaker.
(d) They identify fellow Mexicans among strangers.

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

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

4. 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 are too distracted by them.
(c) They are more important than commonly believed.
(d) People do not understand their significance.

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

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

7. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?
(a) It dissolves society.
(b) Man is finally free.
(c) It allows man to be something different.
(d) It has no regard for religious mores.

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

9. Paz states that a Mexican utters the words that are considered most evil when which of the following occurs?
(a) When he is not in control of himself.
(b) When he wants to get his point across.
(c) When he is extremely angry.
(d) When he wants to invoke the evil contained in the words.

10. Why are a woman's instincts those of a species rather than her own?
(a) She must have instincts of the species in order to perpetuate the race.
(b) As an inferior person, she does not have individual instincts.
(c) Her individual instincts are obliterated because of her proximity to the Divine.
(d) She is the incarnation of the life force, which itself is impersonal.

11. How do Mexicans avoid the dangers of romantic relationships, according to Paz?
(a) By stifling their feelings.
(b) By exaggerating their feelings.
(c) By not truly loving.
(d) By denying the importance of the other.

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

13. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?
(a) He sees the pachuco as a threat to North American society.
(b) He does not know how to relate to the pachuco.
(c) He sees the pachuco as a mythical figure, and thus dangerous.
(d) He sees the pachuco as an invader.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?

2. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?

3. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?

4. As Paz begins Chapter Two, he says that the Mexican is always afraid to glance at his neighbor. What reason does he give for that?

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

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