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. What position does Lt. Colonel Leroy hold in the South Essex Battalion?

2. What does Sharpe do against the French in Chapter 1?

3. Of what does Ducos accuse Helene?

4. Why is Helene moving her fortune to France?

5. Why does Sharpe write a letter to Major Hogan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is La Marquesa angry in Chapter Eight and what happens in her encounter with Hacha?

2. Why is Angel worried about Sharpe's plan in Chapter Eleven and what does Sharpe tell him?

3. Why is Angel helping Sharpe and what kind of weapon does he carry?

4. What is Sharpe observing in Chapter Ten and what does he think about his horse?

5. What is Sharpe doing against the French in Chapter One?

6. What does Hogan order Sharpe to do and why?

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

8. 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?

9. What event happens concerning the Marque after his discussion with Father Hacha?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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