Sharpe's Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811 Test | Final 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 Sarsfield do after Hogan talks to him?

2. Who helps the British drive the French out during the French's first attack at the village?

3. What does Wellington abandon when his forces are united?

4. What are Sharpe and his men doing to aid the troops marching north?

5. How does Massena feel when the British in the south join the northern force?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Valverde's argument about Sharpe?

2. Why do the French call a temporary truce and what do two French and British officers do during the truce?

3. How does the second large battle for Fuentes de Onoro start and which British troops are involved?

4. How does Massena react to the southern troops joining the northern ones and what does Wellington do after the army is reunited?

5. What is Wellington doing when he realizes he has made a mistake, and what is that mistake?

6. Who do Sharpe and Harper join in the first battle for the village and what happens to that person?

7. Who are the three soldiers in charge of ammunition distribution? Why are two of the soldiers on that duty and what are their names?

8. Where are the Spanish partisans set up to watch the southern flank and what happens to them?

9. What does Hogan say to Sarsfield?

10. Why is Sharpe being subjected to a board of inquiry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast the two people. Include in the discussion their type of leadership, their personality, their morals and whether you would like to serve under them.

1. Massena and Wellesley .

2. Harper and Sharpe.

3. Loup and Sharpe.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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