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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 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the pachuco represent in Paz's writing?

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

3. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?

4. Why do Mexicans tell lies (Chapter Two)?

5. In Paz's understanding of genders, how do Mexican women become like men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was the Aztec nation able to unify so many diverse tribes? How were they quite skilled with that type of action?

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

4. "Is death the truest kind of life" (Chapter Nine, page 196)? What does that question mean in the context of the chapter?

5. According to Alarcon, why does the liar lie to himself? Given what you know of the Mexican mindset, does that make sense?

6. What mutual problem do both the Mexican and the North American face? What is the solution to that problem?

7. How does North American culture view the pachuco? Does the pachuco accept or reject that culture's perception of him?

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

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

10. What does Paz say about the national differences among Central and South American nations? How does that tie into their relationship with Spain?

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