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. What type of accent does Harriet have?

2. What does Harriet claim dried up in the heat of Mexico?

3. What does the traveling party admit was one of the old gringo's biggest flaws?

4. What does the old gringo think will be atonement for his writing career?

5. How does the general respond to his ruined peso coin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Harriet and her mother move from New York to Washington D.C.?

2. How did La Luna's husband feel about servants?

3. How does General Arroyo die?

4. What does the Colonel tell his crew about the frontiers in the world?

5. Why were the Mexican people so enamored with the old gringo?

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

7. What surprises the old gringo when he reaches El Paso, Texas?

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

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

10. What reoccurring dream does Arroyo have as an adult?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The three main characters in the novel, the old gringo, Harriet, and Arroyo, each have strained relationships with their fathers. Briefly describe the relationship each character had with their father, and then explain how those relationships affected each character into their adulthood.

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

Harriet had many male suitors in her lifetime yet found she was unable to settle down. Choose two suitors that courted Harriet, describe them, and compare and contrast their methods of wooing this woman. Finally, explain why Harriet ends up alone and lonely by the end of the novel.

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