Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 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. Where is Sharpe shot?

2. What was Richard Sharpe's role in "real" history?

3. What would they have to hold out for in order to not be overrun?

4. What does Sharpe tell Hogan about the explosion?

5. What does Cox say should be done with the gold?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sharpe goes to the telegraph station and who is he with?

2. Describe the interaction between Sharpe and Garrard.

3. Describe the Lines of Torres Vedras.

4. Describe Almeida.

5. What happens before the telegraph can be sent?

6. What does Sharpe say to Hogan and what is Hogan's response?

7. Describe the fight between Sharpe and El Catolico.

8. What are the losses and who lives after the explosion?

9. How does Sharpe discover that the French are nearby when Sharpe's company approaches the Coa River?

10. Why does Sharpe think there is no hope for his company and who saves them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Sharpe's Gold is? Explain your response.

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 this book 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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