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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. Topographically, where is the convent located?
2. Why is Helene moving her fortune to France?
3. What does Isabella want from Harper?
4. What does Angel so in reaction to his family's deaths?
5. How does Ducos feel towards Helene?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is el Matarife at an inn near the Convent of the Heavens and what does he do about Wellington's request?
2. What does the Mother Superior at the convent ask Sharpe and what does he tell her?
3. What sentence does Sharpe receive at the end of his trial and how do the Spanish feel about it?
4. How do Sharpe and Angel get past the ambush with La Marquesa?
5. 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?
6. Describe what the Spanish see during Sharpe's supposed execution.
7. Why can't Wellington execute Sharpe and what does Hogan tell Sharpe about his mission?
8. Who is La Marquesa and what is her nationality?
9. What does Hogan order Sharpe to do and why?
10. Who is assigned to defend Sharpe and what does he tell Sharpe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:
1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.
2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.
3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
In chapter three, the reader learns through Patrick Harper that Sharpe is bored and gets into trouble when he is bored. Sharpe accepts the challenge of the duel not only because he is bored, but because he feels he needs to redeem himself somehow. Cornwell often uses characters around Sharpe to examine Sharpe's inner workings. This paints a picture of the mysterious, tough character by not requiring an explanation from Sharpe himself. It also gives insight about the characters around Sharpe, as only the people really close to him are allowed to examine his feelings.
1. Explain how boredom has caused many people, especially teenagers, to participate in behaviors that are harmful or illegal. Use examples from the book and your own experience to support your answer.
2. Discuss why a person might become bored and how boredom can be relieved with beneficial activities. What are some ways to relieve boredom? What are some ways to avoid boredom? Use examples from the book and your own experience to support your answer.
3. Do you think Cornwell's technique of using the characters around Sharpe to present Sharpe's inner workings to be effective? Why or why not? Why do you think the author would chose to make Sharpe known in this manner? Use examples from the book and your own experience to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:
1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of Sharpe's Honor. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?
2. Compare the infantry of Sharpe's Honor to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).
3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.
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