The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Paz's estimation, what vital word has the Mexican forgotten?
(a) The word that gives him peace with all others.
(b) The word of love given to him by his mother.
(c) The word that allows him to reach out to others.
(d) The word tying him to life forces of creativity and destruction.

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

4. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?
(a) Mexicans are modest, while North Americans are afraid of their bodies.
(b) Mexicans are ashamed of their bodies, while North Americans live with physical exuberance.
(c) Mexicans live with abandon while North Americans are prudent.
(d) Mexicans are afraid of their bodies, while North Americans are modest.

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

6. In the book's argument, what happens when a Mexican woman is passive?
(a) She functions as a channel of the ancient elements: Earth, motherhood, and virginity.
(b) She comes to believe in the societal values given her.
(c) She can no longer relate to the man.
(d) She embodies the ancient elements of earth, motherhood, and virginity.

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

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

9. Aside from being an excess, what does the fiesta revolt against?
(a) Form.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Death.
(d) Life.

10. Why is death a part of the fiesta (Chapter Three)?
(a) Because the Mexican seeks to escape from himself.
(b) Because exuberant death is honorable.
(c) Because Mexico celebrates all aspects of life, even the end.
(d) Because people often get drunk and violent.

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

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

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

14. Why does a Mexican blend into his surroundings and become solely Appearance?
(a) He fears human interaction.
(b) He wants to end his individuality.
(c) He loves appearance.
(d) He fears appearances.

15. In his obsession with hygiene, work, and health, what does the North American miss?
(a) Truth.
(b) True joy.
(c) All-consuming love.
(d) True anger.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?

3. According to Paz, what is death in modern thought?

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

5. What happens when the Mexican dissimulates?

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