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 surprise the old gringo when he arrives in Mexico?

2. In what type of Mexican climate did Harriet live?

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

4. Which of the following is NOT offered to the old gringo after he shoots the coin?

5. What type of accent does Harriet have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is General Fierro?

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

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

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

8. How does Arroyo's father actually die?

9. How does Harriet intend to teach the servants about temptation?

10. What do the Mexican soldiers joke about with the old gringo when he is allowed to dine with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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".

Essay Topic 2

The ballroom of the hacienda is a room of very special significance to the novel. Describe the ballroom and then choose two poignant moments in the text that happen in this room. Why is this room the only one Arroyo chooses not to destroy when he burns the hacienda to the ground?

Essay Topic 3

The role of newspaper reporters has a lot of power in this novel. Explain the role that the written word had first in the old gringo's life during the Civil War, and compare and contrast this impact to the role newspaper journalists had in Harriet's life upon returning home to Mexico.

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