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. Why have Mexican culture and politics vacillated from one extreme to another? (Chapter Seven, page 157).

2. What does Paz mean by the word, "community"?

3. What question did Edmundo O'Gorman try to answer?

4. In Paz's estimation, why do the common people follow their revolutionary leaders?

5. Who authored. the book, Profile of Man and Culture in Mexico?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role did religion play in ancient South American cultures? Did Catholicism change that role?

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

4. What does Paz think of the Soviet Union? How does it compare to Mexico?

5. Why did the new Constitution mandate that education be secular? How might that have made the Mexicans feel?

6. Throughout his career, what did Jorge Cuesta argue? What are the benefits and downfalls of his argument?

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

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. Who was Sor Juana? Why was she an unusual person both in South America and in old Spain?

10. Paz asserts that every revolution attempts to restore the order that an oppressor has twisted or disregarded altogether. How was that true in Mexico?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Mexico's relation to the rest of the world? How is it different from the past? What are Paz's hopes and fears for the future? Do you agree or disagree with his ideas?

Essay Topic 2

Does Paz's writing style mirror the subject? When is he vociferous? When does it feel that he is holding something back?

Essay Topic 3

In modern Mexico, what are the contrasting ways of thinking (pg 119-20)? In that context, is Spanish heritage good? How do those two mindsets continue to influence current politics and thought?

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