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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 is the Spanish view of women in contrast to the Mexican?
(a) Women are idols.
(b) Women are wild and lecherous.
(c) Women are decent and modest.
(d) Women are shaped by the minds of men.

2. What familial relationship does Paz equate with solitude?
(a) Being childless.
(b) Being an orphan.
(c) Having no siblings.
(d) Having no male relatives.

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

4. What is the Mexican concept of work?
(a) A mindless action performed quickly.
(b) A personal action handled slowly and carefully.
(c) An important action performed extremely well.
(d) An impersonal action executed carefully.

5. How is the myth of the "long-suffering Mexican woman" created?
(a) When the woman overcomes her natural frailty.
(b) When the woman's natural frailty becomes a virtue.
(c) When the woman is most vulnerable to attack.
(d) When the woman becomes impassive in the face of suffering.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the pachuco become his true self?

2. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

3. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

4. How does a man become "like the angels" (Chapter Three, page 61)?

5. How do Mexicans perceive an opening-up of one's self?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. How does Paz explain the Mexican woman's role in society? How does that strip her of her personality?

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

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

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

7. How does Paz define "Mexicanism"? How does it mesh with the individual whom he had described earlier?

8. What does Paz think of the Soviet Union? How does it compare to Mexico?

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

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

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