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 Sharpe do when he gets within a few yards of San Cristobal?

2. What position will Colonel Claud Runciman fill with the Real Compañía Irlandesa?

3. What does Sharpe do as Loup is leaving?

4. How can the British defend the barracks?

5. Why is Sharpe chastising himself about the battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sharpe find out what happened to the Portuguese ammunition wagons?

2. What does Sharpe suggest Donaju do about the problem with the troops?

3. What does Sharpe see from the hill he is on, and what does he decide to do about it? What changes his decision?

4. What kind of problem do Sarsfield and Donaju bring to Sharpe and what is his response?

5. What happens to the Real Compañía Irlandesa officers in Loup's attack?

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

7. What does Sharpe ask Runciman to do and why has he asked him instead of the British command?

8. What is in the letter from the Spanish king to General Wellington that upsets him?

9. What does Kiely tell Sharpe about the French and about his men?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britain, France, or Germany.

Essay Topic 2

A work of fiction is often organized around a structure called a plot. Discuss the following:

1. Define plot and its major parts (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution [or denouement]. Write a sentence or two synopsis of the major plot of the Sharpe's Battle.

2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in Sharpe's Battle. Explain using examples.

3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in Sharpe's Battle.

4. Identify the major parts of the subplot you identified in task number 3.

5. Why do you think identifying the plot and elements of the plot is useful?

Essay Topic 3

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Sharpe's Battle a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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