The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How are the worlds of terrorism and mass production similar to each other? (Chapter Four).
(a) They are worlds of things.
(b) They focus on the individuality of man.
(c) However subtle, they use persecution.
(d) Their primary catalyst is guilt.

5. Why did Catholicism drastically change the Aztec view of life?
(a) It placed a merciful God in charge.
(b) It saw life linearly rather than cyclically.
(c) It emphasized man's humanity and personhood.
(d) It placed man's salvation outside himself.

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

7. What model do Mexicans prefer that the woman follow?
(a) The model of The Virgin Mary - chaste and kind.
(b) A general model of decency, secrecy, and long-suffering.
(c) A model of strength, praise, and fortitude.
(d) The model of ancient Mexican goddesses.

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

9. According to Paz, what does it mean when a person is alone?
(a) He is superior.
(b) He is inferior.
(c) He is different.
(d) He can never relate to other people.

10. Why do Mexicans tell lies (Chapter Two)?
(a) To protect the other person.
(b) To create confusion.
(c) Merely for the enjoyment of it.
(d) To hide themselves.

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

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

13. What duality does the pachuco represent?
(a) A fiend whose trademark is hearty laughter.
(b) A saint deeply involved in scandal.
(c) A clown whose purpose is terror.
(d) A victim obsessed with revenge.

14. What did Paz find in the actions and faces of North Americans?
(a) A faith in man's intrinsic goodness and its effects on their culture.
(b) A faith in their society and confidence in its survival.
(c) A fear about the survival of their society.
(d) An unrealistic optimism about the future.

15. What happens when the Mexican dissimulates?
(a) He becomes estranged from society.
(b) He merges with the common people.
(c) He nearly ceases to exist.
(d) He preserves his individuality intact.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the pachuco present himself to the people around him?

2. When does the pachuco become his true self?

3. How do Mexicans avoid the dangers of romantic relationships, according to Paz?

4. Why does the worker lack mystery?

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

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