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. How old was Angel when his family was killed?

2. Where does Sharpe find Helene?

3. How does Helene's husband feel about her letter to him in Chapter 5?

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

5. Why doesn't Wellington execute Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What does Hogan call Sharpe's situation and how does he describe it?

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

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

7. How did Sharpe survive his death sentence?

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

9. What is Sharpe doing against the French in Chapter One?

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's Honour, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Honour and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Honour is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. State what you think are three characteristics of a successful novel and whether or not Sharpe's Honour in your opinion is a successful novel.

Essay Topic 2

Most people and regular soldiers detest spies and the idea of spying. Spies are not considered in the same vein as soldiers in uniform and are not protected by the customs and regulations that govern the treatment of soldiers who are in uniform when captured. Wellington sends Sharpe out, under a false name, to not only clear his name but also to spy on the French. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think spies are not accorded any rights under many countries' laws and/or customs?

2. Even though all countries abhor spies, often even their own, they still spy, and men and women are still willing to be spies. Discuss why you think this is so.

3. Research and analyze the history of spying in either England, France or Spain.

4. Does Sharpe seem the image of a typical spy as you visualize one? 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. 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?

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