The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Above all other definitions, who is the Chingada?

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

4. What duality does the pachuco represent?

5. When is the fiesta of Grito celebrated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What dualities did Sor Juana represent (philosophical, religious, gender-based)? What lasting influence did she have?

Essay Topic 2

"Catholicism offered a refuge to the descendants of those who had seen the extermination of their ruling classes, the destruction of their temples and manuscripts, and the suppression of the superior forms of their culture; but for the same reason that it was decadent in Europe, it denied them any chance of expressing their singularity" (Chapter Five, pg 105). What does that mean? How does it fit in with the idea of conquered peoples being assigned a passive role?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the organization of the book. How is the material organized? What are the chapter titles? Do the titles prepare you for the material presented?

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