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. About what does Helene boast to Ducos?

2. Who challenges Sharpe to a duel?

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

4. Why does Wellington have a special connection with Sharpe?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is d'Alembord doing to help Sharpe with his duel, what has he done in secret and how did Sharpe's last duel end?

2. What does Sharpe do when he first arrives at the convent where Helene is being held?

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

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

5. Why can't Wellington execute Sharpe and what does Hogan tell Sharpe about his mission?

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

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

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 does Ducos do to set La Marquesa up to do his bidding?

10. What does Hogan call Sharpe's situation and how does he describe it?

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

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Sharpe's Honor a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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