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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 El Castrador want to know about dead soldier's teeth?
2. What goes over a cliff in Harper's story?
3. What does Loup swear to Sharpe?
4. What does one of the Frenchmen do immediately?
5. What happens to Thompson when he leaves for the latrine?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is with the Portuguese and why is Sharpe happy about that?
2. What does Sharpe asks El Castrador about the village where Loup is and who goes there with Sharpe?
3. What is Sharpe ordered to do with the Real and why?
4. How does Juanita arrive at San Isidoro and what is the response of some of the men?
5. How does Sharpe find out what happened to the Portuguese ammunition wagons?
6. What happens to the Real Compañía Irlandesa officers in Loup's attack?
7. What does Sharpe do with the two French prisoners and how does he handle Loup's anger?
8. What are called the keys to Spain by the French and who holds them?
9. What does Sharpe find out from Donaju about Kiely?
10. What does Sharpe ask Runciman to do and why has he asked him instead of the British command?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Kiely. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Oliveira. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
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
Sharpe's Battle, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Battleand whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Battleis or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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