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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?
(a) It is not convincing.
(b) It is either hypocritical or incomplete.
(c) It is truthful and realistic.
(d) It illustrates man's limitations.

5. 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 reveals the disillusioned character of Mexico.
(d) His neighbor is a pathetic version of himself.

6. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).
(a) The subtle power of the seemingly weaker person.
(b) The power of the closed person, the aggressor.
(c) The power of the justified and privileged person.
(d) The power of the Creator.

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

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

9. 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 stop the flow of time.
(d) They emphasize man's individuality.

10. 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 is most vulnerable to attack.
(c) When the woman becomes impassive in the face of suffering.
(d) When the woman overcomes her natural frailty.

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) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.
(d) The Mexican nation as a whole.

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

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

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

15. 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 is not a universal figure.
(d) The worker cannot adequately capture what the novelist wants to convey.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?

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

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

5. What is the Spanish view of women in contrast to the Mexican?

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