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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do Mexicans avoid the dangers of romantic relationships, according to Paz?
(a) By stifling their feelings.
(b) By denying the importance of the other.
(c) By not truly loving.
(d) By exaggerating their feelings.

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

3. What mentality does Paz attribute to the Mexican?
(a) Leader.
(b) Servant.
(c) Victim.
(d) Master.

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

5. How does the pachuco present himself to the people around him?
(a) As a lost man.
(b) As one of the group.
(c) As a man searching for a home.
(d) As a solitary, challenging figure.

6. Why is the fiesta, at its core, a revolution?
(a) It has no regard for religious mores.
(b) Man is finally free.
(c) It allows man to be something different.
(d) It dissolves society.

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

8. 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.

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

10. What is the Spanish view of women in contrast to the Mexican?
(a) Women are decent and modest.
(b) Women are idols.
(c) Women are shaped by the minds of men.
(d) Women are wild and lecherous.

11. How does solitude assume a purifying, almost purgative, quality for the Mexican?
(a) It concentrates the Mexican's attention on the Divine rather than on the human.
(b) It serves to mitigate his guilt (a Catholicism concept).
(c) It is proof of future communion with others.
(d) It wipes away his anger toward others.

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

13. How does a man become "like the angels" (Chapter Three, page 61)?
(a) By entrusting everything to God.
(b) By valuing life to its final moment.
(c) By opening fully to death, as well as to life.
(d) By running from death to an embracement of life.

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

15. Aside from being an excess, what does the fiesta revolt against?
(a) Life.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Death.
(d) Form.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are woman considered inferior people?

2. What model do Mexicans prefer that the woman follow?

3. How are the evil words a sign and seal?

4. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?

5. Why do Mexicans tell lies (Chapter Two)?

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