Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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.
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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