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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
(a) Having no male relatives.
(b) Being childless.
(c) Having no siblings.
(d) Being an orphan.

2. According to Paz, how does death end when a civilization denies it?
(a) By living fully.
(b) By evading death.
(c) Through the denial of life.
(d) It does not end.

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

4. What duality does the pachuco represent?
(a) A saint deeply involved in scandal.
(b) A clown whose purpose is terror.
(c) A victim obsessed with revenge.
(d) A fiend whose trademark is hearty laughter.

5. Chapter Three begins with the great effect that fiestas and public celebrations have. What is this effect?
(a) They increase man's sense of his mortality.
(b) They bring people together with unusual dynamics.
(c) They stop the flow of time.
(d) They emphasize man's individuality.

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

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

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

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

10. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?
(a) Young men who leave Mexico for the United States hoping for a better life.
(b) Rebellious youths who are not assimilated into North American culture.
(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.

11. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?
(a) April 16 at 11:00 AM.
(b) October 31 at 3:00 PM.
(c) August 3 at 9:00 AM.
(d) September 15 at 11:00 PM.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Through dissimulation, what does a Mexican attempt to do?

2. What is the difference between the Mexican killer and the modern one?

3. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?

4. In Paz's thought, what does a study of the great myths reveal?

5. In the book's argument, what happens when a Mexican woman is passive?

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