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. For what does Teresa look to Sharpe?

2. What does Hogan say Teresa is still doing?

3. What are the British soldiers doing in Ciudad Rodrigo after they enter it?

4. What is Teresa's daughter's name?

5. How much effort is needed for the forlorn hope to reach the base of the breach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Teresa ask Sharpe about during sex?

2. What does Sharpe discuss with Lawford and what does Lawford tell him?

3. What do Harper and Sharpe run into as they begin to enter the city and what do they do about it?

4. What is Lawford and Sharpe's relationship and how do they interact?

5. Describe Hakeswill's first encounter with Teresa in the stables.

6. 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?

7. Who reports to Sharpe when reinforcements arrive for the battalion, what mistake does he make and what does he do after he is corrected?

8. Describe Hakeswill's character and why he is in the army.

9. How does the assault on Ciudad Rodrigo seem to the British at first?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?

2. Compare the infantry of RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).

3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.

Essay Topic 2

RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ is one book 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.

Essay Topic 3

Much of the writing consists of a brutal and graphic description of the mass rape and pillaging that transpires in Badajoz after the British assault. The Historical Note points out that the outrage was historical and far more vicious than typical for the time. The novel seeks to explore possible reasons behind the violent outburst and does so with some success.

1. Why do you think the outrage at Badajoz was worst than usual for that time period? Use examples from Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz and any historical data you find through research to support your answer.

2. With some research into the issue, discuss why you think men commit rape so often in battle field situations.

3. Do you think men have evolved to the point of not raping in battle field situations or do you think the reason it doesn't happen to the same extent as in Sharpe's era is because the military has better control over its men? Explain your reasoning.

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