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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?
(a) Through self-denial.
(b) Through sacrifice.
(c) In love.
(d) Through suffering.

3. What is the Mexican concept of work?
(a) A mindless action performed quickly.
(b) An important action performed extremely well.
(c) An impersonal action executed carefully.
(d) A personal action handled slowly and carefully.

4. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
(a) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.
(b) The Mexican nation as a whole.
(c) Those who are focused on making Mexico a part of the world.
(d) Those who are seeking a better philosophy as Mexicans.

5. 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) It was an ethereal sense of nationality.
(d) People struggled to retain Mexican identity in a foreign land.

6. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?
(a) Peruvians.
(b) Germans.
(c) Nigerians.
(d) Orientals.

7. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?
(a) The representation of virginity.
(b) A living mother.
(c) The representation of violated womanhood.
(d) A mythical mother.

8. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?
(a) Because he no longer believes in God.
(b) Because he cannot curse creatively.
(c) Because he curses for dramatic effect.
(d) Because he still believes in God.

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

10. What contributes to the power of the word, chingar, and all of its derivations?
(a) The fact that people use the word in religious ceremonies.
(b) The fact that the word is related to words related to death.
(c) The fact that its derivations are many and complicated.
(d) The fact that it is prohibited in public places.

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

12. What is the advantage of the North American view of women in relation to the Spanish view?
(a) It does not deify women.
(b) It does not objectify women.
(c) It credits women with a cosmic role.
(d) It recognizes women's place in the world.

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

14. What is Paz's opinion about the physical features distinguishing Mexicans from North Americans?
(a) They are not as important as commonly believed.
(b) People do not understand their significance.
(c) They are more important than commonly believed.
(d) People are too distracted by them.

15. According to Paz, why does the liar tell lies to himself?
(a) He does not know the truth.
(b) He is afraid of the world.
(c) He is afraid of finding truth in other people.
(d) He is afraid of himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?

2. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?

3. What does the Mexican value in art, religion, and politics?

4. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

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

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