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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. According to Paz, what is death in modern thought?
(a) The end of all unworthy men.
(b) The putting to rest of all sorrow.
(c) The predictable end to a natural progression.
(d) The avoidable end to a wasted life.

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

8. As Paz uderstands it, what is the Mexican's relation to death?
(a) Sacrificial.
(b) Intimate and heartbreaking.
(c) Intimate but empty.
(d) Emotionally remote.

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

10. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?
(a) He does not know how to relate to the pachuco.
(b) He sees the pachuco as a mythical figure, and thus dangerous.
(c) He sees the pachuco as an invader.
(d) He sees the pachuco as a threat to North American society.

11. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?
(a) He stops earning what he is worth.
(b) He loses his individuality.
(c) He loses his sense of the Divine.
(d) He loses communion with his fellow man.

12. What does the pachuco represent in Paz's writing?
(a) One step along the path that a Mexican can take.
(b) The typical Mexican living in North American culture.
(c) The modern-day religious saint.
(d) One extreme at which the Mexican can arrive.

13. In Paz's example of the village near Mitla, how is their yearly income spent?
(a) On weddings and christenings.
(b) On fiestas.
(c) On education.
(d) On funerals.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?

2. What duality does the pachuco represent?

3. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?

4. According to Paz, how does death end when a civilization denies it?

5. During the fiesta of Grito, why do the people shout for one hour, in Paz's interpretation?

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