The Old Gringo Test | 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. Which of the following does NOT travel through Mexico by use of the guerrilla train?

2. How old is the old gringo when he reaches Mexico?

3. What does the old gringo think is the path that all young men must take?

4. From whom were the land grants to the Mexican people?

5. Which meal do the old man and woman in the tiny hut invite the old gringo to eat with them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reaction does Harriet have to seeing that the jewels she has set out have vanished?

2. What happens when the old gringo fights back against the enemy soldiers that attack him and General Arroyo as they are heading to Zacatecas?

3. What proclamation does Inocencio Mansalvo make at the border of Mexico and America?

4. What does Harriet recall about the weather in Mexico during her time there?

5. What choice in battle does the old gringo have when he and General Arroyo reach the clearing?

6. In what way does the reader get insight into Harriet Winslow's memories?

7. How do the guerrilla soldiers react when they first see the old gringo cross the border into their territory?

8. How is Pancho Villa received by the American Press?

9. What do the guerrilla soldiers use their captured train for?

10. What does Harriet decide to do with the old gringo's body, and how does she reach this decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The old gringo sets out to Mexico with the hopes of dying there. Explain why the old gringo is drawn to such a drastic conclusion, and what brings him to Mexico. Finally, explain why you think the old gringo does, or does not, achieve the goal he is after.

Essay Topic 2

Upon arriving in Mexico, Harriet sets out on a mission to "civilize" the Mexican people. Explain what methods Harriet adopts in her quest for civilization, and then explain what the outcome of her mission is. What does Harriet learn about the Mexican people in the process?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, Harriet has two men that she views as a father figure. Compare and contrast the role that each of these men played in Harriet's life, and explain why she has the conflicted emotions that she does about who she should consider her "father".

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