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. With what does Sharpe begin to beat the door down on the convent?

2. What is the result of what Sharpe did to the French in Chapter 1?

3. What does Hacha think will happen to Spain because of the Sharpe incident?

4. Why did the Marques marry Helene?

5. How does Father Hacha feel about Sharpe's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Sharpe survive his death sentence?

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

3. What does Father Hacha think to accomplish with his actions?

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

5. What does Sharpe do when he first arrives at the convent where Helene is being held?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Sharpe, despite his background, is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common soldier. He has been told if he gives his parole he will not be guarded yet he cannot accede to that. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Sharpe has begun an affair with Helene, a woman recently widowed and who has participated in setting Sharpe up to be convicted of murder. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not.

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe's Honour, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Honour and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Honour is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. State what you think are three characteristics of a successful novel and whether or not Sharpe's Honour in your opinion is a successful novel.

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