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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 promise does Lucille make to Lorcet?
2. Who in the village likes Sharpe?
3. What does Lucille ask Sharpe if he misses?
4. Who advises against Picard's suggestion?
5. Who is sulking about his defeat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Lorcet agree to with Challon, and what does he find distasteful about Challon's suggestion?
2. What does Lucille hope about Sharpe, and how does she feel about leaving her home?
3. What does Father Defoy announce in church? How does the widow Malan feel about the announcement?
4. What does Sharpe think would be the best thing to do when he returns home? Why doesn't he do it? What does he find when he enters the kitchen?
5. Who pushes their way into the house while Sharpe is gone, and what do they do and say?
6. What does Sharpe offer Gudin and what is Gudin's reply?
7. How does Sharpe send Gudin off?
8. What does Challon do while Lucille puts Patrick to bed? What does Lorcet find in Sharpe's accounts?
9. What does Sharpe do when he hears of Nicholls' death?
10. Where does Challon take Lucille, and what interrupts his plans for her the first time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Christmas. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Christmas. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Christmas? Which theme in Sharpe's Christmas speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
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 Christmas.
2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in Sharpe's Christmas. Explain using examples.
3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in Sharpe's Christmas.
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
Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Caillou. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Gudin and Picard. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
This section contains 1,246 words
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