chicana studies

  1. The Canción Mexicana

1. In general, the canción mexicana consists of very syncopated rhythms. (T/F)

 2. The canción mexicana is an umbrella term, which includes many song forms. (T/F)

 3. The canción mexicana  does not focus on lyric content. (T/F)

 4. A son is a canción. (T/F)

  1. The Canción Tradicional

 5.  One of the earliest composers of canciones tradicionales is

      (A) David Zaizar (b) Rubén Fuentes (c) Manuel M. Ponce

 6. ______ was a famous composer of canciones tradicionales.

  1. Ignacio Fernández Esperón (b) Vicente Fernández (c) Pedro Infante

 7. The corrido and the canción tradicional are very similar song forms, (T/F)

 8. The canción tradicional pre-dates the

(a) son (b) corrido (c) canción ranchera

  1. The Canción Ranchera

 9. The term, canción rancher,a  is synonymous with mariachi music. (T/F)

10. The most famous composer of canciónes rancheras is 

(a) Agustín Lara (b) José Alfredo Jiménez (c) Cuco Sánchez

11. _______is a well-known ranchero vocalist.

(a) Tomás Mendez (b) “Flaco” Jiménez (c) Pedro Infante

12. Lola Beltrán is the most famous female interpreter of the canción ranchera. (T/F)

  1. The Canción Nacionalista

13. Ernesto Cortazar and_________wrote many canciones nacionalistas.

(a) Manuel Esperón (b) Alfredo Gil (c) Agustín Lara

14. Jorge Negrete was not a performer of canciones nacionalistas. (T/F)

15. Machismo is a common theme found in the canción nacionalista. (T/F)

16. Many canciones nacionalistas were written primarily for the film character portrayed by

(a) Pedro Infante (b) Miguel Aceves Mejía (c) Jorge Negrete

  1. The Corrido

17. The corrido originates in Spain. (T/F)

18. Corridos are songs with a rigid verse structure. (T/F)

19. Corridos are strictly performed by bandas and norteño groups. (T/F)

20. Corridos tend to focus primarily on themes related to the Mexican Revolution and drugs.(T/F)

  1. The Huapango

21. Short falsetes tend to be standard in the stylized huapango. (T/F)

22. The single most important feature of a stylized huapango is the

(a) apagón (b) falsete (b) tempo

23. David Zaizar wrote many huapangos. (T/F)

24. Miguel Aceves Mejía and_____are famous interpreters of huapangos.

(a) Javier Solís (b) Rubén Fuentes (c) David Zaizar

  1. The Bolero

25. The bolero is originally from Mexico. (T/F)

26. Boleros always tend to be

(a) joyous (b) romantic (d) up-beat

27.  Alfredo Gíl invented the 

(a) Mexican guitar (b) requinto romántico (c) bolero

28. Agustín Lara is the most famous bolero composer. (T/F)

  1. The Conjunto Norteño

29. The conjunto norteño originated in Germany. (T/F)

30. The accordion and the trombone typically form part of a norteño ensemble. (T/F)

31. A corrido is, in fact, a norteño song. (T/F)

32. “Flaco” Jiménez plays the

(a) accordion (b) bajo sexto (c) tololoche

  1. The Banda

33. The_____is the bass instrument of the banda sinaloense.

(a) tololoche (b) charcheta (c) tuba

34. Originally, bandas featured lead vocalists. (T/F)

35.  _______Lizárraga is the founder of La Banda El Recodo.

(a) Germán (b) Cruz (c) Juan


  1. TENAZ  was an organization promoting  Chicano political separatism.(T/F)
  2. Prior to the Spanish conquest, theatre did not exist in Mexico. (T/F)
  3. Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz__________________.
    1. Wrote Chicano theatre  (b) Mesoamerican theatre  (c) colonial period Mexican theatre
  4. The Teatro Campesino was founded by 
    1. César Chávez  (b) Jorge Huerta (c) Luis Valdez
  5. _________ is a Chicano play  which focuses on the Pachuco sub-culture.

(a) Los Vendidos (b) Zoot Suit (c) Los Pachucos  (d) Bowl of Beings

  1. Jorge Huerta was the founder of TENAZ. (T/F)
  2. The acto and the corrido are one in the same. (T/F)
  3. Culture Clash is comprised of Richard Montoya, Rick Salinas and

(a) Luis Valdez (b) Herbert Siguenza (c) Daniel Valdez

  1. Culture Clash was founded in the 1960’s. (T/F)
  2. Chicano literature is limited to poetry and novels. (T/F)
  3. Code-switching and__________are defining features of Chicano literature.
    1. caló  (b) pochismos  (c) profanity  (d) both a & b
  4. Chicanismo  is not often reflected in works by Chicano writers. (T/F)
  5. Juan Seguín and Mariano Vallejo were early writers, who wrote protest literature. (T/F)


  1. Sandra Cisneros wrote Mexican Village in 1945. (T/F)
  2. Quinto Sol Publications nurtured the careers of authors such as Rodolfo Anaya,
    1. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith  (b) Tomás Rivera  (c) Luis Valdez  (d) both a & b
  3. I am Joaquín is an epic poem written by Chicano activist
    1. Alurista  (b) Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles (c) José Montoya (d) Rodlofo Anaya
  4. I am Joaquín laid the groundwork for the future of Chicano literature since 1967. (T/F)
  5. I am Joaquín popularized the use of the term, Mexican-American. (T/F)
  6. I am Joaquín is an epic poem, which relates the history of the Chicano. (T/F)
  7. El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, written by “Alurista”, inspired a sense of Chicano nationalism. (T/F)
  8. Chicano author, Richard Rodríguez, often expresses his sense of chicanismo is his work. (T/F)
  9. Sandra Cisneros wrote the popular novel Bless Me Última. (T/F)
  10. Author Cherrie Montoya deals with issues of Chicana lesbianism in her works. (T/F)
  11. Tomás Rivera and Rolando Hinojosa-Smith wrote Spanish language estampas. (T/F)
  12. Mexican corridos often narrated stories of the Mexican-American experience in the 1800’s. (T/F)
  13. Richard Rodríguez often explores his strong sense of chicanismo. (T/F)
  14. The poet, José Montoya, utilizes much caló in his poems. (T/F)
  15. Gregorio Cortéz is the subject of a popular 19th century corrido from Texas. (T/F)
  16. Jesús Salvador Treviño is a pioneer Chicano film maker. (T/F)
  17. Luis Valdez, the playwright, is also a Chicano filmmaker. (T/F)
  18. Corky González wrote the poem, “I am Joaquín”, and directed a film based on this poem. (T/F)
  19. Moctesuma Esparza is a Chicano actor. (T/F)
  20. Real Women Have Curves is film based on a play by Josefina López. (T/F)
  21. Early 20th century depiction of Mexicans  in American film was typically favorable. (T/F)
  22. Chicano films of the 1960’s and 1970’s  promoted negative Mexican-American stereotypes. (T/F) 


This assignment is seperated into two defferent topics of Chicana Studies 

the first 35 questions are about Regional Music of Mexico, and the next number of questions are about Chicana/o and the Arts.





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