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. Why does an English sergeant jerk on the prisoner's legs?

2. Why did the Marques marry Helene?

3. What puts Sharpe in a bad mood in Chapter 3?

4. Why doesn't Wellington execute Sharpe?

5. What kind of information is Angel getting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ducos do to set La Marquesa up to do his bidding?

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

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

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

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

9. Who is assigned to defend Sharpe and what does he tell Sharpe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

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