The Old Gringo Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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. How many days did the old gringo wander about the desert before finding the guerrillas?

2. Who is the current leader of Mexico at the time of the book?

3. Which military character does the old gringo think will test him more than any other character in the novel?

4. How often did the Miranda family come to visit the hacienda during a typical year?

5. After Harriet's confrontation with General Arroyo, what beverage does she drink with the old gringo inside the Pullman car?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the letter from the Miranda family arrives to Harriet's home?

2. How does the old gringo feel about Harriet Winslow's dreams?

3. What happens in the few moments leading up to the old gringo's death?

4. Why is the old gringo worried about his interactions with Harriet when he first meets her?

5. How did it come to be that Harriet was left without a dowry?

6. What vanities does the old gringo have, and how do the other soldiers respond to them?

7. How does Arroyo's father actually die?

8. As an old woman, what is Harriet's life like?

9. What do the Mexican soldiers joke about with the old gringo when he is allowed to dine with them?

10. Who is Mr. Delaney?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The women in the Mexican village play an important role in distinguishing gender roles in the novel. Explain the role the women villagers had in their home, and then discuss the reaction, the old gringo and Harriet, each had to the gender roles present in Mexico at this time.

Essay Topic 2

General Arroyo has a real hatred for the American and European forces that are invading Mexico, and yet he finds himself in close relationships with two Americans. Explain why Arroyo has such hatred for the American forces in Mexico, and why he chooses to make two special exceptions to his rule when it comes to the old gringo and Harriet.

Essay Topic 3

The role of newspaper reporters has a lot of power in this novel. Explain the role that the written word had first in the old gringo's life during the Civil War, and compare and contrast this impact to the role newspaper journalists had in Harriet's life upon returning home to Mexico.

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