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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 action does Robert Jordan decide not to take as he walks down to watch Pablo with the horses?

2. Who does the gypsy first talk to about killing Pablo?

3. What does Robert Jordan tell Pilar he saw on Kashkin's face?

4. What is the sole enterprise that can win the war?

5. After the initial 4 horsemen ride out of the woods, how many mounted horsemen does Primivito see coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Primivito react to the outcome of the fighting at Sordo's?

2. Agustin hopes for a massacre, but Robert Jordan tells him that without the bridge it would mean nothing. Why?

3. What is the reason why Pablo has decided that he is for the train now?

4. Does Robert Jordan believe that men can see their fate? Why or why not?

5. How does Anselmo convince Robert Jordan to use the men he has instead of seek men from another camp to help him on his mission?

6. Why is Pilar jealous of Maria and Robert Jordan?

7. Who is Maria?

8. Why does Robert Jordan choose not to kill Pablo?

9. Which characters does Agustin describe as dependable members of the group?

10. Why is Agustin relieved that he did not fire at all four horsemen, as he easily could?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joaquin's story shows the effects of war on the civilian population. It also symbolizes what happens in many countries when America intervenes in foreign affairs. What is the price that civilians of the countries America invades pay for supporting wars? Discuss current events that depict this intervention.

Essay Topic 2

Pablo returns to the cave and Pilar calls him Judas Iscariot, the ultimate betrayer, but accepts him back regardless. Do you think that Robert Jordan and Pilar did the right thing by accepting him back in the cave? Explain why or why not and give textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Pablo is viewed by his comrades as a dissenter. They plot to kill him, as the gypsy suggests. Pablo then returns to the group a changed man, willing to participate and get along. What event is the turning point for Pablo? Is it the thought of impending death or the hope of redemption and restoration of bravery that has changed Pablo?

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