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. When Harriet dreams of Tomás, what thought takes over her mind?

2. What does the old gringo admire most in Harriet's character?

3. What part of Harriet does the old gringo think is the only living thing in the desert?

4. Where does the old gringo say that he wants to die?

5. What does the old gringo have marking his grave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the old gringo find out General Arroyo's secret?

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

3. Where does Colonel Frutos García find the old gringo?

4. How does Harriet feel upon returning home from Mexico?

5. How has Harriet come to be alone in Mexico?

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

7. Why does the Colonel push his crew to hurry up with the old gringo's body?

8. What is the old gringo's first reaction to Harriet Winslow when he sees her in a crowd?

9. What childhood memory does Arroyo have of don Graciano?

10. How does the general respond to the coin the old gringo has just shot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

General Arroyo had a very rough childhood leading up to his days in the revolution. Write out a time line of events that pushed Arroyo toward his position as a revolutionary. Then, explain how Arroyo's childhood problems came back to haunt him while he was living his military life.

Essay Topic 3

La Luna is a woman of unarguable strength in the novel. Explain the history La Luna has with the Mexican Revolution, and then explain the evolution of her relationship with General Arroyo.

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