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

2. In Paz's estimation, woman is a living representation of which of the following?
(a) Life.
(b) Man's incomplete nature.
(c) Life overpowered by death.
(d) The strangeness of the world.

3. In Paz's thought, what does a study of the great myths reveal?
(a) Man can only be saved by something other than himself.
(b) Man will never truly be saved.
(c) Man will continually become better than he is now.
(d) Man has broken the order of the universe.

4. Why is death a part of the fiesta (Chapter Three)?
(a) Because Mexico celebrates all aspects of life, even the end.
(b) Because exuberant death is honorable.
(c) Because the Mexican seeks to escape from himself.
(d) Because people often get drunk and violent.

5. What do a pachuco's actions and lifestyle demonstrate?
(a) His will to remain different.
(b) His anger at a culture that will not assimilate him.
(c) His dissatisfaction with North American culture.
(d) His desire to return to Mexico.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?

3. What is Paz's opinion about Western respect for life?

4. What is the most valued trait in both the military and political realms?

5. What mentality does Paz attribute to the Mexican?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Paz's impressions of the United States? How does that contrast with the literature being written? In your mind, what accounts for the discrepancy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Paz's understanding of woman? How does it fit the Mexican mindset?

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