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. Why does Lord Kiely take offense at Sharpe when they first meet?

2. How does Hogan feel about Sharpe's interaction with Kiely?

3. What does Ducos want to do with Spain?

4. What does El Castrador tell Sharpe when he arrives after the battle?

5. What does Kiely have to do before he talks much in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What information about the Royal Guard is Hogan and Wellington not aware?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who is with the Portuguese and why is Sharpe happy about that?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of "villains" in Sharpe's Battle. Ducos, Juanita de Elia, Father Sarsfield and Loup.

1. Explain, with examples from the text, what you see are the main motivations behind Pierre Ducos's behavior. If he lived in America today with what crimes do you think he would be charged?

2. Sarsfield is a "villain" who does not seem to be motivated by self-interest. Discuss why or why not you believe this statement to be true. Use examples from Sharpe's Battle to support and illustrate your opinion.

3. Do you think crimes or immoral behavior motivated by good intentions is more pardonable than that motivated by self-interests? Why or why not? Use examples from Sharpe's Battle to support and illustrate your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Sharpe, despite his background, is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common soldier. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Sharpe executes two prisoners of war without a trial. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not.

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for doing a number of things that Sharpe has done. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

Essay Topic 3

The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of Sharpe's Battle. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?

2. Compare the infantry of Sharpe's Battle to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).

3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.

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