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 will calling Sharpe to task do?

2. What is different about the way the Highlanders and the 88th. Irish attack the French on the slopes?

3. What is Father Sarsfield's real name?

4. What does Sharpe find in Juanita's panniers?

5. What is happening a the church in Nave de Haver when the French dragoons ride into town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sharpe kill Loup and how is Sharpe wounded?

2. Why is Wellington enraged with Erkins?

3. What does Hogan tell Wellington about the French and Almeida?

4. How does Sharpe, Runciman, and the Real Compañía Irlandesa get involved in the battle for Fuentes de Onoro?

5. What do Hogan and Wellington decide about Sharpe and the battle at Isidoro?

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

7. What is Valverde's argument about Sharpe?

8. What type of superstitious action does Harper take?

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

10. What does Sharpe do when he hears Loup shouting out commands in the battle and what do the soldiers around them do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornwell is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Cornwell's descriptive passages about life as a soldier. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would Sharpe's Battle be different if Cornwell did not include such descriptive passages?

2. Analyze Cornwells's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Wellington, or Dunnet. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Sharpe and Harper or one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.

3. Describe and analyze Cornwell's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Cornwell do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land/sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?

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

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.

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