Sharpe's Company: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 Test | Mid-Book 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 Teresa look like?

2. What nationality is Harper?

3. What type of fire do the French do with their cannons?

4. On what type of terms did Teresa and Sharpe part?

5. What does Teresa ask Sharpe about herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Sharpe see in the new replacements that throws him off and what happens when he sees that person? How does he feel about the encounter?

2. What happens in Chapter 1 when night falls and what does Lawford send Sharpe and his company to do?

3. What do Sharpe and Hogan discuss when they see each other in Chapter 1?

4. What does Sharpe do with his guerrilla friend?

5. What is Sharpe's rank in Chapter 1 and what is the ambiguity surrounding his rank?

6. What siege does Sharpe participate in at the beginning of Chapter 1 and how does he pass his time when not fighting?

7. What does Teresa ask Sharpe about during sex?

8. What does Leroy tell Sharpe, who does he point out to Sharpe and what does Sharpe realize when that happens?

9. Why is Sharpe's back scarred?

10. What does Teresa confess to Sharpe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornwell is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1820s. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Cornwells'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 the novel 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 a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Wellington, Lawford, and Windham. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Sharpe and Harper or one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

Lawford's injury is serious but not fatal, thanks to Sharpe's immediate intervention. The scene where Sharpe severs Lawford's ruined arm is graphic.

1. Compare/contrast the medical remedies used in RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ to that which would be done in our modern world.

2. Many wars are partially, if not completely, determined by factors other than the actual fighting. One of those factors is disease. Research and discuss how epidemics/pandemics have influenced the outcome of three different wars throughout history.

3. Discuss why men died so readily of wounds in RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ that would be easily treated today.

Essay Topic 3

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 has resumed his affair with Teresa while still considering marrying Jane Gibbons. 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 adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

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