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. How does Helene appear to Sharpe?

2. Where did Patrick and Isabella meet?

3. In what capacity will Trumper-Jones work at Sharpe's trial?

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

5. What has come to light which incriminates Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What is d'Alembord doing to help Sharpe with his duel, what has he done in secret and how did Sharpe's last duel end?

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

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

7. Why is el Matarife at an inn near the Convent of the Heavens and what does he do about Wellington's request?

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

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

10. Why is Patrick worried about Sharpe in Chapter Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Politics and manipulation influence much of what happens in Sharpe's Honour. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe the political situation in Sharpe's Honour and how it impacts the actions of three of the major characters.

2. Discuss and analyze several people who try to manipulate Sharpe and his responses to them.

3. Discuss how and why Hacha's behavior is related to politics and why his behavior is an example of manipulation. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpes legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

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