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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. Where is Sharpe assigned following the mission at the dam?
2. Why does Wellington launch two suicidal attacks?
3. What action by Rymer does Sharpe stop after the dam mission?
4. What does Windham realize as he watches the maneuvers at the dam?
5. What does Rymer do when the French attack in Chapter 13?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Harper do after Sharpe retreats from the dam? What do they find out?
2. How is Badajoz finally taken?
3. What is Sharpe doing at the beginning of the assault on Badajoz?
4. Why does Windham realize he made a mistake and what does he do to mitigate it?
5. What does Sharpe say when Hogan informs him of the plan for the dam and what is the plan?
6. Why does Wellington decide Badajoz has to be taken immediately?
7. At first, what does Sharpe do while the British are dealing with the Rivillas Stream?
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. Where does Teresa's family live in Badajoz?
10. What is foreshadowed in Sharpe's humiliation of Hakeswill?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:
1. Would you consider RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.
2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.
3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.
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 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 3
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.
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