Sharpe's Honour: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June, 1813 Test | Lesson Plans 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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sharpe's Honor is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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