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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. Why did Catholicism drastically change the Aztec view of life?
(a) It placed a merciful God in charge.
(b) It emphasized man's humanity and personhood.
(c) It saw life linearly rather than cyclically.
(d) It placed man's salvation outside himself.

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

3. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?
(a) October 31 at 3:00 PM.
(b) September 15 at 11:00 PM.
(c) April 16 at 11:00 AM.
(d) August 3 at 9:00 AM.

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

5. How does the pachuco present himself to the people around him?
(a) As a lost man.
(b) As one of the group.
(c) As a solitary, challenging figure.
(d) As a man searching for a home.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paz's argument, what is the source of the North American's irritation with the pachuco?

2. When does the pachuco become his true self?

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

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

5. How does solitude assume a purifying, almost purgative, quality for the Mexican?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Mexicans view their bodies? How does their view contribute to their wish for privacy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. When does Paz say that a nation questions itself? Is it necessary?

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

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