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 Hogan do on the way to Kiely's burial?

2. What does Wellington see when overlooking Fuentes de Onoro?

3. What does Loup tell the men about the wounded?

4. What does Tarrant want Sharpe's greencoats to do?

5. Why do some of the soldiers prowl through the bodies after the battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kiely's reaction to Juanita being caught by Sharpe?

2. What do the French do at the church in Nave de Haver?

3. What does Hogan say to Sharpe about letting Juanita go free?

4. What do Sharpe and Donaju talk about while Sharpe is cutting his own hair?

5. How are the southern British troops threatened and what do they do about it?

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

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

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

9. What is Valverde's argument about Sharpe?

10. How do Sharpe and his men help the southern troops?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a system of nobility in a country, especially how it applies to the military. For example, both Oliveira and Kiely were high born people in charge of a large number of soldiers and yet were incompetent. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The class separations in the era of Sharpe's Battle are very distinct and the upper class is basically impenetrable to the lower class. Discuss the implications of Sharpe, the son of a prostitute being able to obtain the rank of lieutenant and the possible ramifications he might have to deal with when interacting with officers who come from a much higher class.

3. Often in this series of novels the upper class officers are presented as incompetent, at best, and dangerous uncaring at worse. What might that portrayal suggest about how the author might feel about wealthy people and the positions they hold in society, whether qualified or not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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