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. According to Paz, who is most fascinated by death?

2. When Paz sees that Mexicans return to their tradition, what do they remember?

3. Mexico lacks basic industries except for one - what is it?

4. According to Paz, what must be the first step toward reform?

5. Which of the following contributed to making colonialism alive and relevant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened when Spanish America separated itself from Spain? Given what Paz has stated throughout the book about that moment in history, draw your own conclusions about why that happened.

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How was the Revolution similar to a fiesta? Because of any existing similarity, why do the people cling to that time in history? Can that be considered healthy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the Mexican view of privacy? Why does Paz defend it at such cost? What part does lying play in his defense? Is that accepted?

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

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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