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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does intimacy sprout among Mexicans?
(a) When the nation is least involved in world affairs.
(b) When they are in love.
(c) When they are most alone.
(d) When incited by violence, alcohol, or a fiesta.

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

3. In Paz's estimation, woman is a living representation of which of the following?
(a) Life.
(b) Life overpowered by death.
(c) The strangeness of the world.
(d) Man's incomplete nature.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. What do a pachuco's actions and lifestyle demonstrate?
(a) His will to remain different.
(b) His anger at a culture that will not assimilate him.
(c) His dissatisfaction with North American culture.
(d) His desire to return to Mexico.

9. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?
(a) It is not convincing.
(b) It is either hypocritical or incomplete.
(c) It is truthful and realistic.
(d) It illustrates man's limitations.

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

11. During the fiesta of Grito, why do the people shout for one hour, in Paz's interpretation?
(a) To express great joy.
(b) To express their rage.
(c) So they can be silent the rest of the year.
(d) So the name of Grito cannot be heard.

12. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?
(a) When the woman overcomes her natural frailty.
(b) When the woman is most vulnerable to attack.
(c) When the woman becomes impassive in the face of suffering.
(d) When the woman's natural frailty becomes a virtue.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the modern novelist rarely choose the worker as his protagonist?

2. Aside from being an excess, what does the fiesta revolt against?

3. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?

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

5. In contrast to the North American, what is one of the most noticeable traits about the Mexican character?

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