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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Paz discusses the result of persecution on the pachuco. What is that result?
(a) It strengthens his anger.
(b) It makes him distrustful.
(c) It makes him stronger.
(d) It breaks his solitude.

3. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?
(a) He loses his individuality.
(b) He loses his sense of the Divine.
(c) He stops earning what he is worth.
(d) He loses communion with his fellow man.

4. What masculine trait enters into the idea of feminine modesty?
(a) Protection.
(b) Vanity.
(c) Strength.
(d) Love.

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

6. In contrast to the North American, what is one of the most noticeable traits about the Mexican character?
(a) His obsession with love.
(b) His disinterest in emotional attachments.
(c) His acceptance of horror.
(d) His aversion to horror.

7. 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?
(a) His neighbor reveals the disillusioned character of Mexico.
(b) The glance could reveal his isolation.
(c) The glance could spark rage.
(d) His neighbor is a pathetic version of himself.

8. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?
(a) Rebellious youths who are not assimilated into North American culture.
(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) Old men who no longer have a connection to their native land.

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

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

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

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

13. As Paz uderstands it, what is the Mexican's relation to death?
(a) Intimate but empty.
(b) Sacrificial.
(c) Intimate and heartbreaking.
(d) Emotionally remote.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?

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

3. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

4. Why are woman considered inferior people?

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

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