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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?
(a) Because he no longer believes in God.
(b) Because he curses for dramatic effect.
(c) Because he still believes in God.
(d) Because he cannot curse creatively.
2. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).
(a) The power of the Creator.
(b) The power of the justified and privileged person.
(c) The subtle power of the seemingly weaker person.
(d) The power of the closed person, the aggressor.
3. How does the pachuco present himself to the people around him?
(a) As a lost man.
(b) As a solitary, challenging figure.
(c) As one of the group.
(d) As a man searching for a home.
4. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?
(a) He loses his sense of the Divine.
(b) He loses communion with his fellow man.
(c) He stops earning what he is worth.
(d) He loses his individuality.
5. In contrast to the North American, what is one of the most noticeable traits about the Mexican character?
(a) His aversion to horror.
(b) His disinterest in emotional attachments.
(c) His acceptance of horror.
(d) His obsession with love.
6. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?
(a) In childhood.
(b) At the end of his life.
(c) When he is in love.
(d) During adolescence.
7. Aside from being an excess, what does the fiesta revolt against?
8. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).
(a) The Mexican only lives when he faces death.
(b) The Mexican does not dare or want to be himself.
(c) The Mexican is himself only in the crowd of a fiesta or ceremony.
(d) The Mexican is stronger when he is alone.
9. What is the novelty of the pachuco clothing?
(a) Its colors.
(b) Its exaggeration.
(c) Its impracticality.
(d) Its disregard for current fashion.
10. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?
(a) It illustrates man's limitations.
(b) It is either hypocritical or incomplete.
(c) It is not convincing.
(d) It is truthful and realistic.
11. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
(a) Those who are focused on making Mexico a part of the world.
(b) Those who are seeking a better philosophy as Mexicans.
(c) The Mexican nation as a whole.
(d) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.
12. When Paz first arrived in the United States, what surprised him most about the people?
(a) Their honesty and sense of community.
(b) Their lack of openness.
(c) Their confidence and self-assurance.
(d) Their confidence in the future of the nation.
13. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?
(a) As a betrayal or weakness.
(b) As a sign of strength.
(c) As infidelity to the human spirit.
(d) As a moment of truth.
14. 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.
15. As Paz begins Chapter Two, he says that the Mexican is always afraid to glance at his neighbor. What reason does he give for that?
(a) The glance could reveal his isolation.
(b) The glance could spark rage.
(c) His neighbor is a pathetic version of himself.
(d) His neighbor reveals the disillusioned character of Mexico.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?
2. Paz states that a Mexican utters the words that are considered most evil when which of the following occurs?
3. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
4. In the book's argument, what happens when a Mexican woman is passive?
5. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?
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