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. Why do Sharpe, Teresa, and Harper get in the bread ovens?

2. Why can't the French go around the Lines of Torres Vedras?

3. What will happen if the French troops have to remain near the lines?

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

5. Who is nearby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is written about the historical Almeida?

2. What is Teresa learning and from whom?

3. Why is Lossow happy?

4. What happens to Teresa?

5. Describe the interaction between Sharpe and Garrard.

6. Describe what happens in the explosion attempt.

7. Why is Kearsey angry with Sharpe and what is Sharpe's response?

8. What are some of the problems the British seem to be having?

9. Describe the Lines of Torres Vedras.

10. What happens before the telegraph can be sent?

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

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 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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