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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. Other than solitude, what does the Mexican often feel in relation to other peoples?
(a) Complete isolation.
(b) Weakness.
(c) Inferiority.
(d) Intellectualism.

2. 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.

3. How does Paz differentiate between views of the body in Mexico and North America?
(a) Mexicans live with abandon while North Americans are prudent.
(b) Mexicans are afraid of their bodies, while North Americans are modest.
(c) Mexicans are ashamed of their bodies, while North Americans live with physical exuberance.
(d) Mexicans are modest, while North Americans are afraid of their bodies.

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

5. Why are woman considered inferior people?
(a) They are not as intelligent as men.
(b) They are too emotionally attached.
(c) They open themselves up in submission.
(d) They are not as reticent as men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What role does the Mexican man play in society?

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

3. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

4. What happens when the Mexican dissimulates?

5. What is the Mexican concept of work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why could Mexico not have progressed as far as she has today if she were working within capitalism?

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

3. When did Independence begin in Mexico? How was it similar to or different from the Conquest?

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

5. Mexico has entered a new phase of thinking and history. How does Paz explain that phase?

6. Pulling from the ideas of Jose Gaos, Paz, speaks of the physical duality in Mexico. What does that mean? What significance does that idea have?

7. Throughout his career, what did Jorge Cuesta argue? What are the benefits and downfalls of his argument?

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

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

10. What is the power of Paz's idea that perhaps man can begin to dream with his eyes closed? (Chapter Nine, page 212).

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