Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign July 1809 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. Why does Simmerson claim Sharpe is responsible for their loss against the French?

2. What does Simmerson say he will do after Wellesley places blame for the defeat?

3. What does Harper use to clean out Sharpe's wound?

4. From what does the author say Josephina is running away?

5. Why does Sharpe think he can never have Josephina?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the South Essex and Spanish troops unnecessarily start a fight in this section?

2. What does the reader learn about Harper in this section?

3. How does Sharpe react to the situation with Josephina in Chapter Eleven?

4. How is Sharpe's peace ruined in this section?

5. How do Simmerson and the Spanish jeopardize the mission at the start of Chapter Six?

6. How does Henry Simmerson treat his men?

7. What problems has Simmerson caused Sharpe in this section?

8. Why is Simmerson a threat to Sharpe's career?

9. What makes Sharpe different from other officers?

10. Why is capturing the French Eagle so important to Sharpe's career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes Sharpe a good soldier and leader? Do the students think his skills could be transferred to civilian life?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the hierachy of the British army during the time of the novel.

1. Why is it so difficult for working class soldiers to rise through the ranks?

2. What resentment does the novel suggest that this hierachy causes?

3. How different do the men react to a working class officer like Sharpe than to an upperclass officer like Simmerson?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Sharpe's character across the whole series.

1. How does the author develop Sharpe's character across the whole series?

2. What new elements does Sharpe's Eagle add to Sharpe's character?

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