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. Where does the old gringo say that he wants to die?

3. How old is the old gringo when he reaches Mexico?

4. Which military character does the old gringo think will test him more than any other character in the novel?

5. When Harriet dreams of Tomás, what thought takes over her mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the old gringo win over the general with his Colt .44?

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

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

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

6. What happens in the few moments leading up to the old gringo's death?

7. What is the nature of the conversation which transpires between the old gringo and the man who is selling him his horse?

8. What happens when the old gringo meets an old couple living in a tiny hut on the border of Mexico?

9. What vanities does the old gringo have, and how do the other soldiers respond to them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

The old gringo comes to view many of the characters in the novel as his children as he feels a very paternal bond with them. Choose two characters that the old gringo has this bond with and explain the nature of the relationships. Then, compare and contrast the relationship the old gringo has with these characters to the relationship he has with his real children in California.

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