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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the Mexican concept of work?
(a) An important action performed extremely well.
(b) A personal action handled slowly and carefully.
(c) A mindless action performed quickly.
(d) An impersonal action executed carefully.

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

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

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

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

10. What role does the Mexican man play in society?
(a) He protects everything entrusted to him.
(b) He seeks to expand his control in the world.
(c) He defends everything that he has.
(d) He wants to raise Mexico to a place of prominence in the world.

11. 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 it is prohibited in public places.
(c) The fact that people use the word in religious ceremonies.
(d) The fact that its derivations are many and complicated.

12. What makes the foreigner skeptical about Mexicans (Chapter Four)?
(a) Their poor economy.
(b) Their unforeseen violence and cult of death.
(c) Their lavish festivals.
(d) Their indiscriminate money spending for fiestas.

13. When does intimacy sprout among Mexicans?
(a) When incited by violence, alcohol, or a fiesta.
(b) When they are in love.
(c) When they are most alone.
(d) When the nation is least involved in world affairs.

14. When Paz first arrived in the United States, what surprised him most about the people?
(a) Their lack of openness.
(b) Their honesty and sense of community.
(c) Their confidence and self-assurance.
(d) Their confidence in the future of the nation.

15. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?
(a) When the woman overcomes her natural frailty.
(b) When the woman becomes impassive in the face of suffering.
(c) When the woman's natural frailty becomes a virtue.
(d) When the woman is most vulnerable to attack.

Short Answer Questions

1. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?

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

3. Paz says that during critical moments in a nation's development, the people ask themselves a critical question. What is that question?

4. 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?

5. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?

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