Sharpe's Company: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 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. Why does Wellington launch two suicidal attacks?

2. Why does Wellington call a council of war?

3. Where is Teresa's family's house located in Badajoz?

4. What fills the ditch?

5. What does Sharpe order the men to do when the French attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe say when Hogan informs him of the plan for the dam and what is the plan?

2. What does Rymer do when the French mount a sortie while Sharpe is watching the digging? What are the French trying to do and what is the British response? What does Sharpe do?

3. What has the French built across the Rivillas Stream and what do the British do about it?

4. What is Robert Knowles doing at the beginning of the attack and who does he think about when planning his actions?

5. What does Windham do to Harper and what do Harper and Sharpe talk about before the event?

6. Where does Teresa's family live in Badajoz?

7. What is foreshadowed in Sharpe's humiliation of Hakeswill?

8. Where is the British forces camped in relation to Badajoz and what do Sharpe and Harper think will be the only way to assault the city?

9. Why does Windham realize he made a mistake and what does he do to mitigate it?

10. What do the British troops do after the weather clears in Chapter 17 and what do they decide about the plain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The first assaulting group, known as the forlorn hope, leads the assault through the breach. Generally, the forlorn hope is slaughtered to a man. Because of this, the forlorn hope is manned only by volunteers and any survivor is automatically granted an increase in rank.

1. Discuss Sharpe volunteering for the forlorn hope at both Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. Why do you think he keeps doing that? Use examples from Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz to support your answer.

2. What does it say about someone's character that he is willing to risk almost certain death for a promotion? Use examples from RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ to support your answer.

3. Do you think using only volunteers for forlorn hope is good? Does that seem to be more humanitarian than most of the other ideas in this era?

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 Rymer. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Hakeswill.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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