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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In contrast to the North American, what is one of the most noticeable traits about the Mexican character?
(a) His aversion to horror.
(b) His obsession with love.
(c) His acceptance of horror.
(d) His disinterest in emotional attachments.

3. What does Paz deem to be the first and most serious change that a man endures when he becomes a worker?
(a) He loses communion with his fellow man.
(b) He loses his individuality.
(c) He loses his sense of the Divine.
(d) He stops earning what he is worth.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Paz states that a Mexican utters the words that are considered most evil when which of the following occurs?

2. What is the difference between the Mexican killer and the modern one?

3. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?

4. In Paz's estimation, woman is a living representation of which of the following?

5. What masculine trait enters into the idea of feminine modesty?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Aztecs view sin? How does that idea explain the Conquest? What enormous change did Catholicism introduce?

2. What is the origin of the pachuco? How does that characterization prepare the reader for the rest of the book?

3. What is the modern view of death? How is it dramatically different from the Aztec view?

4. How is the modern murderer different from a murderer of the past? How has modernity contributed to that difference?

5. Why does the Mexican love Form? Other than in personal relationships, how does that idea express itself?

6. Who represents the conflict that Mexicans have not been able to solve? What effect does that conflict have on their culture?

7. In the author's parable, who is Nobody? Is it possible for Nobody to break the progression of his existence? Why or why not?

8. What is the Mexican view of death? When does death become saddest?

9. How does Mexico's poverty relate to the fiesta? What French interpretation did it inspire?

10. Who is the Chingada? What relation does she hold to every Mexican, whether male or female?

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