Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Ducos feel towards Helene?
2. What do the Spanish think about Sharpe being sentenced to hanging?
3. What is Sharpe given before he leaves the prison?
4. Where does Sharpe find Helene?
5. What does Father Hacha tell the Marques about the outcome of the duel?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Sharpe and Angel get past the ambush with La Marquesa?
2. What do the British do when they arrive at Vitoria and how do they feel about what they are facing?
3. What do Sharpe and Harper discover about Helene and what do they do?
4. Why is Angel helping Sharpe and what kind of weapon does he carry?
5. 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?
6. What is the Marques and Father Hacha discussing in Chapter Five? What does the Marques say about his wife?
7. Who does Sharpe think of when leading the troops and what does he do with the troops?
8. Why is el Matarife at an inn near the Convent of the Heavens and what does he do about Wellington's request?
9. What do the British cavalry do at Vitoria and how does Jourdan respond? What does Jourdan think of the French prospects at Vitoria?
10. Why is La Marquesa angry in Chapter Eight and what happens in her encounter with Hacha?
Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Ducos. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Angel.
3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.
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?
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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