Sharpe's Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811 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 does Loup swear to Sharpe?

2. What does Sharpe find out about Kiely when he speaks with him?

3. Who commanded the gatehouse not be opened during the attack?

4. Where are most of the women and children located at San Isidoro?

5. Why would the men of Real Compañía Irlandesa feel angry about the rumors of atrocities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe asks El Castrador about the village where Loup is and who goes there with Sharpe?

2. What does Loup tell Ducos about Sharpe and how does Ducos feel about Loup's disclosure?

3. What does Sharpe do with the two French prisoners and how does he handle Loup's anger?

4. How does the Portuguese battalion arrive, with whom does Sharpe meet, what kind of man is he and why is the battalion there?

5. Where are the Real Compañía Irlandesa sent and how do the soldiers feel about their situation?

6. Why is Sharpe frustrated at the beginning of the book, what does Harper do about it and how does Sharpe respond to Harper?

7. What does Sharpe see when they arrive at the village where Loup is supposed to be and what does Sharpe do there?

8. How does Sharpe deal with the problem of desertion?

9. What happens to the Portuguese battalion in Loup's attack?

10. How does Juanita arrive at San Isidoro and what is the response of some of the men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sharpe's Battle is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of literary elements that occur in many works of fiction. Irony is a means of increasing both the humor and the complexity of a story. Cornwell often includes irony in his Richard Sharpe series. Point of view is the way the story is narrated; all works of fiction have a point of view. Conflict is almost always present in a work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary terms irony, point of view and conflict.

2. Identify two instances of irony in Sharpe's Battle, offering examples from the text.

3. Identify the point of view of the novel and discuss why you think Cornwell chooses to use that particular point of view. Does the point of view seem to be the best one for Sharpe's Battle? Why or why not.

4. Identfiy two major conflicts in Sharpe's Battle. Are the conflicts completely resolved by the end of Sharpe's Battle? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a system of nobility in a country, especially how it applies to the military. For example, both Oliveira and Kiely were high born people in charge of a large number of soldiers and yet were incompetent. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The class separations in the era of Sharpe's Battle are very distinct and the upper class is basically impenetrable to the lower class. Discuss the implications of Sharpe, the son of a prostitute being able to obtain the rank of lieutenant and the possible ramifications he might have to deal with when interacting with officers who come from a much higher class.

3. Often in this series of novels the upper class officers are presented as incompetent, at best, and dangerous uncaring at worse. What might that portrayal suggest about how the author might feel about wealthy people and the positions they hold in society, whether qualified or not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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