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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 incited by violence, alcohol, or a fiesta.
(d) When they are most alone.

2. Why does the worker lack mystery?
(a) He is identical to his fellow man.
(b) He is bound to time and space.
(c) He loses his communion with the Divine.
(d) He is confined to a small space in the world.

3. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
(a) Having no siblings.
(b) Being childless.
(c) Having no male relatives.
(d) Being an orphan.

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

5. As explained in Chapter One, who are the pachucos?
(a) Old men who keep the memory of Mexico alive in their grandchildren who were born in the United States.
(b) Young men who leave Mexico for the United States hoping for a better life.
(c) Old men who no longer have a connection to their native land.
(d) Rebellious youths who are not assimilated into North American culture.

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

7. 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) So the name of Grito cannot be heard.
(c) To express their rage.
(d) To express great joy.

8. Through dissimulation, what does a Mexican attempt to do?
(a) Withdraw from society to save his individuality.
(b) Become himself in contradistinction to others.
(c) Share his individuality with others to make it real.
(d) Become invisible and save his individuality.

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

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

11. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).
(a) The power of the closed person, the aggressor.
(b) The power of the Creator.
(c) The subtle power of the seemingly weaker person.
(d) The power of the justified and privileged person.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paz, what is the Mexican's relationship with his fellow man?

2. What duality does the pachuco represent?

3. When Aztec victims were sacrificed, why did their deaths lack personal meaning?

4. What contributes to the power of the word, chingar, and all of its derivations?

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

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