Sharpe's Christmas 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 Sharpe think his most rationale plan would be as he approaches the farmhouse?

2. What does Sharpe have to do after disposing of three of the men?

3. What happens when the wind rattles the door?

4. About what does Challon harass Lucille?

5. What does Lucille cook for Challon and his two hussars?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sharpe deal with the three men who are with him?

2. Who pushes their way into the house while Sharpe is gone, and what do they do and say?

3. What does Picard hear as he thinks about his loss to Sharpe and what do he and Santon think it is?

4. How do Sharpe and Malan get into Lucille's house?

5. What does Locet tell Sharpe to do? How does Locet arrange for that to happen?

6. What does Malan say to Sharpe's request? What is Sharpe's response?

7. What does Lucille hope about Sharpe, and how does she feel about leaving her home?

8. What does Sharpe tell Lorcet when Lorcet calls upstairs to Challon?

9. What does Father Defoy announce in church? How does the widow Malan feel about the announcement?

10. What does Sharpe say about the villagers, especially Malan? What is Lucille's response?

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 Christmas, 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 Christmas? Why or why not.

4. Identfiy two major conflicts in Sharpe's Christmas. Are the conflicts completely resolved by the end of Sharpe's Christmas? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 Christmas 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 Lucille who was wealthy before the war and now is reduced to living well below her previous level.

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 3

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?

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