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For Whom The Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

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1. What is Robert Jordan’s nickname for Maria?

2. Why does Maria have short hair?

3. Why does Rafael leave his post guarding the camp?

4. How did Pilar’s relationship with the toreador Finito end?

5. Which of the following characters does not mention Maria’s physical beauty at some point during the novel?

6. How do the guerrilla fighters store their wine?

7. What is Andrés’s brother’s name?

8. What does Maria say that prompts Robert Jordan to tell her that he loves her?

9. To whom does Pablo whisper affectionately on the night that Robert Jordan arrives at the guerrilla camp?

10. Which members of the guerrilla camp are at least partly of gypsy descent?

11. Approximately how many days do the events of the novel span?

12. Which characters are referred to as “old”?

13. Which member of the guerrilla band stays at his observation post throughout the snowstorm?

14. How did Kashkin die?

15. Which of the following characters fights on the Fascist side?

16. Who is killed or severely wounded by the explosion at the bridge?

17. What is la gloria?

18. Who, to our knowledge, does not pray during the time span of the novel?

19. What does Robert Jordan compare to a merry-go-round?

20. Who warns Robert Jordan to take Maria’s love seriously?

21. What is Robert Jordan’s theory about why El Sordo’s camp was attacked?

22. Why does Anselmo no longer pray if he says he misses it so much?

23. What was Robert Jordan’s occupation in America?

24. During which war does the novel take place?

25. What happens at the very end of the novel?

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