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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
(a) Having no male relatives.
(b) Being an orphan.
(c) Being childless.
(d) Having no siblings.

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

3. Chapter Three begins with the great effect that fiestas and public celebrations have. What is this effect?
(a) They increase man's sense of his mortality.
(b) They bring people together with unusual dynamics.
(c) They emphasize man's individuality.
(d) They stop the flow of time.

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

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

6. What does the pachuco represent in Paz's writing?
(a) The modern-day religious saint.
(b) One step along the path that a Mexican can take.
(c) The typical Mexican living in North American culture.
(d) One extreme at which the Mexican can arrive.

7. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?
(a) The representation of violated womanhood.
(b) The representation of virginity.
(c) A living mother.
(d) A mythical mother.

8. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?
(a) The shadow of Catholicism.
(b) The shadow of dissimulation.
(c) The shadow of truth.
(d) The shadow of Nobody.

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

10. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?
(a) Through sacrifice.
(b) Through suffering.
(c) In love.
(d) Through self-denial.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the book's argument, what happens when a Mexican woman is passive?

3. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

4. When does intimacy sprout among Mexicans?

5. Why does a Mexican blend into his surroundings and become solely Appearance?

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