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. Who fiercely hates Sharpe in the village?

2. What does Gudin tell Sharpe after they embrace?

3. What is Sharpe learning to love?

4. What does Sharpe tell Malan to break?

5. How long does Sharpe say it will take to clean the rust off?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Sharpe go on the morning of Christmas Eve?

4. What does Lorcet say to Lucille when it starts to snow? What does she reply?

5. What does Challon do while Lucille puts Patrick to bed? What does Lorcet find in Sharpe's accounts?

6. What does Lorcet agree to with Challon, and what does he find distasteful about Challon's suggestion?

7. What does Sharpe offer Gudin and what is Gudin's reply?

8. Why is Sharpe in Normandy, and what does he think about when he holds his rifle?

9. 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?

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

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

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanzier. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe's Christmas is one story in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

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