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. Where are the traveling group taking the body of the old gringo?

2. How long have Harriet and Mr. Delaney been dating?

3. How many people accompany Harriet as she makes her way over the Mexican border?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harriet figure out who the old gringo truly is?

2. How do the guerrilla soldiers react to seeing the mirrors in the ballroom?

3. Who is General Fierro?

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

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

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

7. Why does La Garduña frantically wake Harriet from her siesta?

8. What happened to each of the old gringo's children?

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

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

Essay 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

It becomes clear quite early in the text that the old gringo is running away from his past as he flees to Mexico. Explain the history of events that have happened in the old gringo's life, and how these events inevitably led him to Mexico.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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