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 hear as he is entering San Cristobal?

2. How do they know who the man is who saved them?

3. What makes Sharpe change his mind about ignoring the small settlement below them?

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

5. What does Sharpe tell Oliveira about the Real Compañía Irlandesa?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Sharpe ordered to do with the Real and why?

8. What is Juanita's job with the Real Compañía Irlandesa?

9. What are called the keys to Spain by the French and who holds them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Sharpe's Battle qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in Sharpe's Battle are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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