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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. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?
(a) Germans.
(b) Nigerians.
(c) Orientals.
(d) Peruvians.

2. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?
(a) The shadow of truth.
(b) The shadow of Nobody.
(c) The shadow of Catholicism.
(d) The shadow of dissimulation.

3. On which group of people were Paz's thoughts focused?
(a) The Mexican nation as a whole.
(b) Those who are focused on making Mexico a part of the world.
(c) Those who are seeking a better philosophy as Mexicans.
(d) Those who are conscious of themselves as Mexicans.

4. In Paz's view, why does the Spaniard still use and enjoy blasphemy?
(a) Because he cannot curse creatively.
(b) Because he no longer believes in God.
(c) Because he still believes in God.
(d) Because he curses for dramatic effect.

5. What does the Mexican value in art, religion, and politics?
(a) Equality.
(b) Purity.
(c) Form.
(d) Originality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of the North American view of women in relation to the Spanish view?

2. What duality does the pachuco represent?

3. In Paz's thought, what does a study of the great myths reveal?

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

5. Why is death a part of the fiesta (Chapter Three)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Mexican view of death? When does death become saddest?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the world of terrorism like? How is it different from the past world of conquest and war?

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