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. Whom does the old gringo hope to meet as he is traveling to Zacatecas?

3. What is the name of the family that hired Harriet?

4. Which of the following statements is true about General Arroyo?

5. What creature is present in the bottom of every mescal bottle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harriet pass her time while she is living with her mother?

2. What does the old gringo carry with him when he travels?

3. Who is Mr. Delaney?

4. How does the old gringo feel about deceit?

5. What information is contained in the old papers General Arroyo stores in his train car?

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

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

8. What two elements does Arroyo see has held him in a prison throughout his life.

9. What is the nature of the conversation which transpires between the old gringo and the man who is selling him his horse?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marksmanship among the male characters in the novel is thought to be the highest skill of strength. Choose two scenes in which marksmanship of characters is evaluated, and explain why this skill would be so heavily sought in the Mexican Revolution.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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