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

There are three "villains" in Sharpe's Honor. Father Hacha is intelligent and clever with his cruelty, and El Matarife is completely savage; El Matarife is torturing a captive when the reader first meets him. Pierre Ducos is a greedy and self-serving character and brutally highlights hostilities between France and Spain.

1. Explain, with examples from the text, what you see are the main motivations behind Pierre Ducos's behavior. If he lived in America today with what crimes do you think he would be charged?

2. Father Hacha is a "villain" who does not seem to be motivated by self-interest. Discuss why or why not you believe this statement to be true. Use examples from Sharpe's Honor to support and illustrate your opinion.

3. Do you think crimes or immoral behavior motivated by good intentions is more pardonable than that motivated by self-interests? Why or why not? Use examples from Sharpe's Honor to support and illustrate your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Sharpe's Honour, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Honour and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Honour is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. State what you think are three characteristics of a successful novel and whether or not Sharpe's Honour in your opinion is a successful novel.

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe accepts the challenge of the duel not only because he is bored, but because he feels he needs to redeem himself somehow. Perhaps by fighting the duel he can erase the mistakes of his past, honor his dead wife, and give himself some peace all at once.

1. Sharpe will participate in a dangerous duel because he feels guilty about his wife. How do you think guilt and reckless behavior are related? Use examples from the book and your own experience to support your answer.

2. Discuss some of the behaviors that teenagers in modern America might have because of feelings of guilt. How efficient do you think these behaviors are in erasing guilt?

3. Discuss constructive actions or behaviors a person might use or do in order to assuage guilt. Would any of these be available to Sharpe? Why or why not?

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