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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 invoke the evil contained in the words.
(c) When he is extremely angry.
(d) When he wants to get his point across.

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

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

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

7. What role does the Mexican man play in society?
(a) He wants to raise Mexico to a place of prominence in the world.
(b) He seeks to expand his control in the world.
(c) He protects everything entrusted to him.
(d) He defends everything that he has.

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

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

10. What makes the foreigner skeptical about Mexicans (Chapter Four)?
(a) Their poor economy.
(b) Their indiscriminate money spending for fiestas.
(c) Their lavish festivals.
(d) Their unforeseen violence and cult of death.

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

12. 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 are afraid of their bodies, while North Americans are modest.
(d) Mexicans live with abandon while North Americans are prudent.

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).

2. According to Paz, why does the liar tell lies to himself?

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

4. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

5. Chapter Three begins with the great effect that fiestas and public celebrations have. What is this effect?

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