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 did Sharpe get the telescope he owns?

3. Who dropped the South Essex's arms in the river?

4. Why did the Marques marry Helene?

5. What did Hogan promise the man in question #49 if he would hang in Sharpe's place?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Sharpe feel guilty in Chapter One?

7. What sentence does Sharpe receive at the end of his trial and how do the Spanish feel about it?

8. How do Sharpe and Angel get past the ambush with La Marquesa?

9. What does the Mother Superior at the convent ask Sharpe and what does he tell her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britian, France, or Germany.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Honor. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Honor. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Honor? Which theme in Sharpe's Honor speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

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