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. Where did Sharpe get the telescope he owns?

2. Why is Helene moving her fortune to France?

3. What nationality is Helene Leroux's husband?

4. What will happen to Sharpe if he is found guilty?

5. What does Ducos want Helene to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Sharpe's Honour.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Honour. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Honour. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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