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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What connotation does the verb, chingar, carry?
(a) Failure.
(b) Mythical power.
(c) Disaster.
(d) Violation.

3. In Paz's thought, what does a study of the great myths reveal?
(a) Man has broken the order of the universe.
(b) Man can only be saved by something other than himself.
(c) Man will continually become better than he is now.
(d) Man will never truly be saved.

4. What is the French sociologists' interpretation of the fiesta?
(a) The people's disregard for obligations enhances their sense of time.
(b) The people's misunderstanding of life increases their desire for death.
(c) The people's disregard for death increases their sense of life.
(d) The people's squandering of money appeases the gods.

5. Why did Catholicism drastically change the Aztec view of life?
(a) It placed man's salvation outside himself.
(b) It saw life linearly rather than cyclically.
(c) It placed a merciful God in charge.
(d) It emphasized man's humanity and personhood.

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

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

8. To follow Paz's previous argument, what is the result when one Mexican confides in another?
(a) Affection.
(b) Dishonor.
(c) Alienation.
(d) Sadness.

9. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).
(a) The Mexican does not dare or want to be himself.
(b) The Mexican is stronger when he is alone.
(c) The Mexican only lives when he faces death.
(d) The Mexican is himself only in the crowd of a fiesta or ceremony.

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

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

12. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?
(a) No one truly knew that it meant to be Mexican.
(b) It did not mix with the North American efficiency or precision.
(c) People struggled to retain Mexican identity in a foreign land.
(d) It was an ethereal sense of nationality.

13. Why are woman considered inferior people?
(a) They open themselves up in submission.
(b) They are too emotionally attached.
(c) They are not as reticent as men.
(d) They are not as intelligent as men.

14. What analogy does Paz use to explain Mexico's history?
(a) A child without a family.
(b) A child without a future.
(c) A man searching for his parents.
(d) A man searching for his wife.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of the North American view of women in relation to the Spanish view?

2. What is the Mexican concept of work?

3. What is Paz's opinion about the physical features distinguishing Mexicans from North Americans?

4. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?

5. What do a pachuco's actions and lifestyle demonstrate?

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