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. With what does Sharpe begin to beat the door down on the convent?

2. What do the Spanish think about Sharpe being sentenced to hanging?

3. How does Ducos feel towards Helene?

4. What kind of weapon does Angel carry?

5. Why does Sharpe write a letter to Major Hogan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the Spanish see during Sharpe's supposed execution.

2. What does Ducos do to set La Marquesa up to do his bidding?

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

4. What does Hogan order Sharpe to do and why?

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

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

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

8. Why is Patrick worried about Sharpe in Chapter Three?

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Sharpe's Honour.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Honour. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Honour. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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