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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 are woman considered inferior people?
(a) They are not as intelligent as men.
(b) They are not as reticent as men.
(c) They are too emotionally attached.
(d) They open themselves up in submission.

2. To which of the following does Paz reduce the Mexican character? (Chapter Four, page 73).
(a) The Mexican only lives when he faces death.
(b) The Mexican is himself only in the crowd of a fiesta or ceremony.
(c) The Mexican is stronger when he is alone.
(d) The Mexican does not dare or want to be himself.

3. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?
(a) A living mother.
(b) The representation of virginity.
(c) A mythical mother.
(d) The representation of violated womanhood.

4. From what does a fiesta free the Mexican, in Paz's understanding?
(a) The drudgery of common living.
(b) The sense of unfulfilled desires.
(c) The explosive desires he carries in his heart.
(d) The horror of human thought.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why did the sense of Mexicanism "float" in the air of Los Angeles?

4. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?

5. Paz discusses the result of persecution on the pachuco. What is that result?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the greatest horror that a worker suffers? Do you think that is true?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the Mexican's ideal of manliness? How does it affect his interactions with other people?

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

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

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

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