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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is death a part of the fiesta (Chapter Three)?
(a) Because exuberant death is honorable.
(b) Because people often get drunk and violent.
(c) Because Mexico celebrates all aspects of life, even the end.
(d) Because the Mexican seeks to escape from himself.

2. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?
(a) It was an ethereal sense of nationality.
(b) No one truly knew that it meant to be Mexican.
(c) It did not mix with the North American efficiency or precision.
(d) People struggled to retain Mexican identity in a foreign land.

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

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

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

6. Where does Paz state that the Mexican's indifference hides his life force?
(a) In silence.
(b) Within a jumble of emotions.
(c) Behind a death mask.
(d) Behind a veil of rationalism.

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

8. During the fiesta of Grito, why do the people shout for one hour, in Paz's interpretation?
(a) To express great joy.
(b) So the name of Grito cannot be heard.
(c) So they can be silent the rest of the year.
(d) To express their rage.

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

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

11. Paz states that a Mexican utters the words that are considered most evil when which of the following occurs?
(a) When he is not in control of himself.
(b) When he wants to get his point across.
(c) When he is extremely angry.
(d) When he wants to invoke the evil contained in the words.

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

13. In Latin America, what was the importance of Jose Gorostiza's poem, Muerte sin Fin?
(a) It presented the best example of the Mexican fascination with horror.
(b) It was the last example of the colonial mindset.
(c) It was the best evidence of a truly modern awareness.
(d) It presented the Spanish conquest through the eyes of modernity.

14. How are the evil words a sign and seal?
(a) They seal the intention of the speaker.
(b) They project the result that they will bring.
(c) They identify fellow Mexicans among strangers.
(d) They pull men out of their solitude.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does a fiesta free the Mexican, in Paz's understanding?

2. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?

3. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?

4. Chapter Three begins with the great effect that fiestas and public celebrations have. What is this effect?

5. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?

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