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 is NOT something that the old gringo carries around in his suitcase?

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

3. What does the general tell the old gringo to tend to when he says that he wants to fight?

4. Which of the following does NOT surprise the old gringo when he arrives in Mexico?

5. Where did Harriet's father go to fight, and never returned from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memories does Arroyo have when he is forcing Harriet to dance with him in the ballroom?

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

3. How does General Arroyo die?

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

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

6. What do the guerrilla soldiers use their captured train for?

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

8. What reaction does La Luna have to hearing of Arroyo's infidelity?

9. What effect did Pancho Villa have on La Luna's life?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The old gringo has many names in the course of the novel: the old gringo, the American, and Ambrose Bierce. Explain how the old gringo gained each of these three names, and explain what each of the names means to him as a character.

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 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.

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