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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. Has Anselmo ever been in battle?

2. What does Pablo dress as when he arrives?

3. Who's papers does Robert Jordon examine?

4. Pablo does not believe in superstition, but he does believe in Pilar's ability to do this.

5. What kind of tree does Robert Jordan cut down to use the boughs to make a bed, the smell reminding him of Missoula?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Robert Jordan tell Primivito that they will do nothing about the attack on Sordo?

2. Why can't Maria go with Robert Jordan on the mission?

3. What happens when Pablo asks for proof of Robert Jordan's identity?

4. Is Sordo afraid to die? Explain.

5. What does Robert Jordan imagine his life to be as he thinks about what he will do after the war?

6. What does Pilar reminisce about when she sits down to eat with Fernando?

7. What did Pilar do to escape the attack at the barracks?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert Jordan trusts Agustin, who controlled his urge to kill the first four cavalrymen. If he had killed them, what would have happened to the mission? Agustin had the innate desire to kill. Robert Jordan thinks that killing is sacramental to Spaniards. Do you agree? Give examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Given the knowledge of the history of the Spanish Civil War, do you think that fighting fascism was worth the price paid in human life? How important is it, or necessary, to stop fascism in its tracks. Is it more beneficial to seek an end to fascism with diplomacy?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss salvation. What does it mean to be redeemed? Is redemption something that is bestowed upon you or do you rely on the mercy of others to provide salvation? Use Maria's personal story as your example. Use evidence from the text.

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