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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. What does Father Hacha tell the Marques about the outcome of the duel?
2. What does Ducos want Helene to do?
3. Why does Wellington have a special connection with Sharpe?
4. What will happen to the Marques' fortune?
5. About what does Helene boast to Ducos?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Angel worried about Sharpe's plan in Chapter Eleven and what does Sharpe tell him?
2. 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?
3. Why can't Wellington execute Sharpe and what does Hogan tell Sharpe about his mission?
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. How did Sharpe survive his death sentence?
6. What is Sharpe observing in Chapter Ten and what does he think about his horse?
7. Why does Leroy confront Sharpe and what does he want Sharpe to do?
8. What sentence does Sharpe receive at the end of his trial and how do the Spanish feel about it?
9. What does Sharpe do when he first arrives at the convent where Helene is being held?
10. What does Father Hacha think to accomplish with his actions?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Cornwell is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze Cornwells's descriptive passages about life as a soldier. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would Sharpe's Honor be different if Cornwell did not include such descriptive passages?
2. Analyze Cornwells's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Wellington, or the Marques. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Sharpe and Harper or one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.
3. Describe and analyze Cornwell's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Cornwell do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land or sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?
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