Mid-Book Test - Medium
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When does the pachuco become his true self?
(a) When he is surrounded by fellow Mexicans.
(b) When he is in Mexico.
(c) When his life explodes.
(d) When he is alone.
2. Why are woman considered inferior people?
(a) They are not as intelligent as men.
(b) They are too emotionally attached.
(c) They open themselves up in submission.
(d) They are not as reticent as men.
3. What is the most valued trait in both the military and political realms?
4. In their relation to their world, to whom does Paz compare Mexicans?
5. Chapter Three begins with the great effect that fiestas and public celebrations have. What is this effect?
(a) They stop the flow of time.
(b) They bring people together with unusual dynamics.
(c) They emphasize man's individuality.
(d) They increase man's sense of his mortality.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Paz's opinion, when is a person most likely to see himself as precious and unique?
2. What type of book did Xavier Villaurrutia write?
3. Paz says that during critical moments in a nation's development, the people ask themselves a critical question. What is that question?
4. How are the evil words a sign and seal?
5. As the closure to Chapter Two, the reader sees what shadow spreading out over Mexico?
Short Essay Questions
1. Mexico has entered a new phase of thinking and history. How does Paz explain that phase?
2. What is the greatest horror that a worker suffers? Do you think that is true?
3. Pulling from the ideas of Jose Gaos, Paz, speaks of the physical duality in Mexico. What does that mean? What significance does that idea have?
4. What group of people did the author have in mind as he wrote the book? How and why did those people become important to him?
5. How did Catholicism reduce the Indian converts into passive believers? How was that a significant blow?
6. How important are fiestas in Mexican culture? What relationship exists between the fiesta and the individual?
7. What role did Jose Vasconcelos play in modern education? From Paz's descriptions, what is his opinion of Vasconcelos?
8. What does Paz say about the national differences among Central and South American nations? How does that tie into their relationship with Spain?
9. How does Paz explain the Mexican woman's role in society? How does that strip her of her personality?
10. Why did the new Constitution mandate that education be secular? How might that have made the Mexicans feel?
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