The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Test | Final 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. What horror did Cortez's rule not commit?

2. What did positivism do with the ideals of the Reformation?

3. What event precipitated Spain's complete loss of power?

4. What is Paz's solution for the lack of capital?

5. What has happened to the former plurality of ideas and customs? (Chapter Seven).

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Paz say about the national differences among Central and South American nations? How does that tie into their relationship with Spain?

2. Mexico has entered a new phase of thinking and history. How does Paz explain that phase?

3. What did Article 3 of the new Constitution mandate? What troubles did that Article cause?

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

5. How did Catholicism reduce the Indian converts into passive believers? How was that a significant blow?

6. How does Paz explain the suicides of the Aztec people? Is it a reasonable explanation?

7. When did Independence begin in Mexico? How was it similar to or different from the Conquest?

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

9. What role did Catholicism play in the lives of the conquering Spaniards? Was that role contradictory?

10. What role did Jose Vasconcelos play in modern education? From Paz's descriptions, what is his opinion of Vasconcelos?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the varieties of chingar that the author explains? Does that help your comprehension of the word? Does it enrich your understanding of Mexican culture?

Essay Topic 2

Find the deaths that are mentioned in the book. According to the Mexican criterion for a worthy death - the death suits the life - how many of those people died a worthy death? How many of them died a death that did not suit their lives?

Essay Topic 3

What personal experiences did Paz pull from to write the book? How did he incorporate them into the broader scope of Mexican history? How did that affect the tone?

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