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. In Chapter 3 what does Harper think Sharpe might do that worries Harper?

2. Why doesn't Wellington execute Sharpe?

3. How does Sharpe observe the French army?

4. Where did Sharpe get the telescope he owns?

5. To where is the French marching in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can't Wellington execute Sharpe and what does Hogan tell Sharpe about his mission?

2. Who is La Marquesa and what is her nationality?

3. What does Hogan call Sharpe's situation and how does he describe it?

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

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

6. Why does Leroy confront Sharpe and what does he want Sharpe to do?

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

8. How do Sharpe and Angel get past the ambush with La Marquesa?

9. 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?

10. Describe what the Spanish see during Sharpe's supposed execution.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Ducos. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Angel.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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