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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. According to Paz, what is the Mexican's relationship with his fellow man?
(a) He respects him only if they are the same social class.
(b) He respects him only if he is revered.
(c) He changes him to Nobody.
(d) He ignores him.

2. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?
(a) Because he curses for dramatic effect.
(b) Because he still believes in God.
(c) Because he cannot curse creatively.
(d) Because he no longer believes in God.

3. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
(a) The Mexican nation as a whole.
(b) Those who are seeking a better philosophy as Mexicans.
(c) Those who are focused on making Mexico a part of the world.
(d) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.

4. What is the French sociologists' interpretation of the fiesta?
(a) The people's squandering of money appeases the gods.
(b) The people's disregard for obligations enhances their sense of time.
(c) The people's misunderstanding of life increases their desire for death.
(d) The people's disregard for death increases their sense of life.

5. What analogy does Paz use to explain Mexico's history?
(a) A man searching for his parents.
(b) A man searching for his wife.
(c) A child without a family.
(d) A child without a future.

Short Answer Questions

1. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?

2. What makes the foreigner skeptical about Mexicans (Chapter Four)?

3. Which of the following powers does the saying "I am your father" hold? (Chapter Four, page 80).

4. When Paz first arrived in the United States, what surprised him most about the people?

5. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Mexican's ideal of manliness? How does it affect his interactions with other people?

2. In Chapter Three, the following idea is presented: "There is nothing so joyous as a Mexican fiesta, but there is also nothing so sorrowful. Fiesta night is also a night of mourning" (Chapter 3, page 53). What does that mean?

3. Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe? How is she an important part of Mexican identity?

4. What is the character of the Mexican's solitude? How does it differ from the solitude of the North American?

5. How important are fiestas in Mexican culture? What relationship exists between the fiesta and the individual?

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

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

8. What is left of the colonial world? Are those remnants the best or the worst parts that could be left behind?

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

10. What is dissimulation? How does it compare to lying? How does it affect the Mexican's idea of himself?

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