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 does the old gringo fear will happen to Harriet while in Mexico?

2. In what city of Mexico did the old gringo die?

3. How old was Harriet when her father left for the war?

4. What does Mr. Delaney do for a living?

5. Why has Harriet come to Mexico?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is General Fierro?

2. How does Harriet feel upon returning home from Mexico?

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

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

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

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

7. How does General Arroyo die?

8. What thoughts do Harriet and the old gringo have when they think they hear gunshots during the fiesta?

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

10. What childhood memory does Arroyo have of don Graciano?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The old gringo sets out to Mexico with the hopes of dying there. Explain why the old gringo is drawn to such a drastic conclusion, and what brings him to Mexico. Finally, explain why you think the old gringo does, or does not, achieve the goal he is after.

Essay Topic 2

The Civil War plays a large role in shaping the character of the old gringo. Explain what position the old gringo had during the Civil War, and choose two vivid memories he has of his time, and explain how each of those memories affected the old gringo during his time fighting for the Mexican revolution.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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