Sharpe's Honour: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June, 1813 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 is Angel worried about attacking the convent?

2. Why does Sharpe want to know why Helene wrote the letter besides the political significance of it?

3. What does Sharpe do when they arrive at the convent?

4. What kind of hair does the prisoner being hung have?

5. What does the court deny Sharpe in his request about being hung?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event happens concerning the Marque after his discussion with Father Hacha?

2. Why is Angel helping Sharpe and what kind of weapon does he carry?

3. What does Sharpe do when he first arrives at the convent where Helene is being held?

4. Why is Angel worried about Sharpe's plan in Chapter Eleven and what does Sharpe tell him?

5. What is Sharpe observing in Chapter Ten and what does he think about his horse?

6. What is the Marques and Father Hacha discussing in Chapter Five? What does the Marques say about his wife?

7. What is d'Alembord doing to help Sharpe with his duel, what has he done in secret and how did Sharpe's last duel end?

8. Why does Sharpe feel guilty in Chapter One?

9. What does Father Hacha think to accomplish with his actions?

10. How does Sharpe feel about tents, why does he feel that way and what does he and Patrick think they might be able to do about them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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. He has been told if he gives his parole he will not be guarded yet he cannot accede to that. Discuss the following:

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 Helene, a woman recently widowed and who has participated in setting Sharpe up to be convicted of murder. 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?

Essay Topic 2

There are three "villains" in Sharpe's Honor. Father Hacha is intelligent and clever with his cruelty, and El Matarife is completely savage; El Matarife is torturing a captive when the reader first meets him. Pierre Ducos is a greedy and self-serving character and brutally highlights hostilities between France and Spain.

1. Explain, with examples from the text, what you see are the main motivations behind Pierre Ducos's behavior. If he lived in America today with what crimes do you think he would be charged?

2. Father Hacha is a "villain" who does not seem to be motivated by self-interest. Discuss why or why not you believe this statement to be true. Use examples from Sharpe's Honor to support and illustrate your opinion.

3. Do you think crimes or immoral behavior motivated by good intentions is more pardonable than that motivated by self-interests? Why or why not? Use examples from Sharpe's Honor to support and illustrate your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe's Honor is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

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