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. How old is Pedro when he first meets the old gringo?

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

3. Which of the following states was NOT at least partially owned by the family that originally owned the train car General Arroyo is sleeping in?

4. In what city of Texas does the old gringo stop before he travels to Mexico?

5. Which of the following characters does NOT accompany Harriet Winslow to the border?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the old gringo worried about his interactions with Harriet when he first meets her?

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

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

4. What memories does Harriet have when she is forced to dance with Arroyo in the ballroom?

5. How does the old gringo feel about deceit?

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

7. What happens after General Arroyo sets fire to the hacienda?

8. How does the general respond to the coin the old gringo has just shot?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harriet's mother is a depressed and depressing old woman in the beginning of the novel. Describe Harriet's mother and explain how she helped push Harriet away from America to the wilds of Mexico. Then, explain whether or not Harriet escaped her mother's fate and cite examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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

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.

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