Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 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 Keasey want to tell the Spanish?

2. Why is Sharpe pleased?

3. Who are Robert Knowles and Patrick Harper?

4. What does Colonel Williams express?

5. Who are Teresa and Ramon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kearsey reiterate about the gold?

2. Why is the mood somber in Chapter one among the forces allied against Napoleon?

3. Where do the men of Sharpe's company go?

4. What sort of guide is Kearsey and why do the men find him annoying?

5. Who is Michael Hogan and what does he tell Sharpe about Sharpe's mission?

6. Where and who are the Provosts and what is their purpose?

7. Describe Sharpe's discussion with Wellington.

8. Who does not agree with most of the others, but why is that not obvious?

9. How do Harper and Sharpe capture an enemy lancer, and how does Teresa help them escape from the rest of the lancers?

10. Describe the scene when Sharpe apologizes to Ayres.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academe, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many events that happen in Sharpe's gold are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in Sharpe's Gold. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

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. It is assumed that he will return with the gold intact.

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 begun an affair with Teresa, a woman he ostensibly is holding as a hostage. 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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