Where the Air Is Clear

by Carlos Fuentes

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 144

Do some research on Mexico's ‘‘Day of the Dead’’ celebration. What was the state of this celebration in the 1950s? How has it become intrinsic to national identity for all Mexicans?

Mexico City has one of the finest subway systems in the world. What were some of the challenges posed by its construction and how did the artifacts unearthed during construction help answer questions about Mexico's past?

Fuentes was very keen on astrology. Using evidence from the book, ascribe a sign of the zodiac to each of your favorite characters. Or, use the characters to create a pack of Tarot cards.

Given the title, Where the Air Is Clear, research the problems Mexico City faces today in terms of congestion, smog, and pollution. What can be done to provide clean air and water to every person in a city as populous as Mexico City?

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