Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many days did the old gringo wander about the desert before finding the guerrillas?
2. Who is the current leader of Mexico at the time of the book?
3. Which military character does the old gringo think will test him more than any other character in the novel?
4. How often did the Miranda family come to visit the hacienda during a typical year?
5. After Harriet's confrontation with General Arroyo, what beverage does she drink with the old gringo inside the Pullman car?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when the letter from the Miranda family arrives to Harriet's home?
2. How does the old gringo feel about Harriet Winslow's dreams?
3. What happens in the few moments leading up to the old gringo's death?
4. Why is the old gringo worried about his interactions with Harriet when he first meets her?
5. How did it come to be that Harriet was left without a dowry?
6. What vanities does the old gringo have, and how do the other soldiers respond to them?
7. How does Arroyo's father actually die?
8. As an old woman, what is Harriet's life like?
9. What do the Mexican soldiers joke about with the old gringo when he is allowed to dine with them?
10. Who is Mr. Delaney?
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.
Harriet had many male suitors in her lifetime yet found she was unable to settle down. Choose two suitors that courted Harriet, describe them, and compare and contrast their methods of wooing this woman. Finally, explain why Harriet ends up alone and lonely by the end of the novel.
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.
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