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 does Paz mean by the word, "community"?

2. What did Moctezuma think as the Spaniards approached?

3. What was the Mexican intellectual's goal?

4. Following the Revolution, why was socialist education not widely implemented in Mexico?

5. What did the Spaniards find when they arrived in South America?

Short Essay Questions

1. Despite Mexico's advancements, where does she still stand on the world spectrum? How can she change her placement?

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

3. What is the role of the Mexican intelligentsia within society? How does it differ from the function of the intelligentsia within the United States and Europe; and which one is a better role?

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

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

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

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

8. How does unemployment on the farms affect the cities? How does it slow all of Mexico's development?

9. Why could Mexico not have progressed as far as she has today if she were working within capitalism?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

"Man is alone everywhere. But the solitude of the Mexican, under the great stone night of the high plateau that is still inhabited by insatiable gods, is very different from that of the North American, who wanders in an abstract world of machines, fellow citizens and moral precepts" (Chapter One, pg 20). What does that mean? Is it true?

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