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. In Chapter 3 what does Harper think Sharpe might do that worries Harper?

2. What does Hacha think will happen to Spain because of the Sharpe incident?

3. Under what name if Sharpe traveling in Chapter 10?

4. For what did Ducos use Helene in the past?

5. How does Helene appear to Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is el Matarife doing with a prisoner when Sharpe meets him at the inn and what does Sharpe do about it?

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. Who is La Marquesa and what is her nationality?

5. Why is La Marquesa angry in Chapter Eight and what happens in her encounter with Hacha?

6. Who is assigned to defend Sharpe and what does he tell Sharpe?

7. 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?

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

9. What evidence does Major Vaughn use against Sharpe and what does he say is Sharpe's motivation? How does Sharpe respond to the Major's suppositions?

10. How did Sharpe survive his death sentence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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's demons have caught up with him: his single irresponsible act will potentially cause disgrace, dishonor, and death. Sharpe and those closest to him are convinced of his innocence, but the Spanish must be compensated for the death of their general. Though Sharpe is innocent, not to mention a hero to the British and his battalion, he becomes the scapegoat needed to assuage hurt Spanish pride.

1. What do you think are the demons which have caught up to Sharpe? Are his demons a part of his character and personality? Why or why not? Which of his "demons" do you think Sharpe would be better off to get rid of and which might be good to have?

2. Do you think innocent people are convicted of crimes? Why or why not? Discuss at least one situation in present time when an innocent person may have been used as a scapegoat.

3. Explain the difference in gathering evidence between that of Sharpe's time and in modern America. Explain why the outcome of Sharpe's trial would probably been different in the present time.

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