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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?
(a) The shadow of dissimulation.
(b) The shadow of Catholicism.
(c) The shadow of truth.
(d) The shadow of Nobody.

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

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

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

9. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?
(a) Its disregard for current fashion.
(b) Its impracticality.
(c) Its colors.
(d) Its exaggeration.

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

11. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?
(a) When he is in love.
(b) During adolescence.
(c) At the end of his life.
(d) In childhood.

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

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

14. Why does the modern novelist rarely choose the worker as his protagonist?
(a) The worker is not modern enough.
(b) The worker is not a universal figure.
(c) The worker is too recent and similar to his boss.
(d) The worker cannot adequately capture what the novelist wants to convey.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In his obsession with hygiene, work, and health, what does the North American miss?

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

3. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?

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

5. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?

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