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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 order from Irati for his men?

2. How many Frenchmen are coming from the South?

3. What is the Bernard and Judy Cornwell Foundation?

4. Who does Cornwell say commissioned the Sharpe stories originally?

5. What is wrong with Colonel Gudin's feet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cornwell say about Sharpe's Christmas in the introduction?

2. Why is General Picard upset? What pleases him about his men? Why does he think he is different from Gudin?

3. What does Hogan tell Sharpe will be his immediate assignment?

4. What finally breaks up the French brigade's advance?

5. With what types of troubles is Gudin plagued?

6. What is Gudin told about Maria and what is his response?

7. What does Caillou object to with the leaving of the fort? How does he threaten Gudin? How does Gudin feel about Caillou's threat?

8. What does Gudin think about when he thinks of India?

9. Why is Caillou angry at Gudin about the women, and why is Gudin walking?

10. How does Sharpe give the French warning, and why does he warn them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Sharpe's Christmas and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of "villains" in Sharpe's Christmas. Ducos, Juanita de Elia, Father Sarsfield, and Loup.

1. Explain, with examples from the text, what you see as the main motivations behind Caillou's behavior. If he lived in America today, with what crimes do you think he would be charged?

2. Picard 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 Christmas 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 Christmas to support and illustrate your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Sharpe's Christmas.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Christmas. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Christmas. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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