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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. Whose release is Sharpe negotiating with El Matarife?
2. What does Angel spot as the group leaves La Marquesa's wagon?
3. What does Sharpe have Helene do for the problem in question # 89?
4. What does Sharpe notice Helene has?
5. Who has decided to take Helene back to the convent?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does La Marquesa do at the start of the battle of Vitoria and who protects her and why was he chosen?
2. How, according to Helene could Sharpe break parole and maintain his honor? What does he think is the reason she is pushing him? What does he do after she leaves him?
3. What do Sharpe and Harper discover about Helene and what do they do?
4. Who comes to eat with Sharpe and what do they give him?
5. What do the British do when they arrive at Vitoria and how do they feel about what they are facing?
6. What happens when Sharpe arrives at the Fifth Division?
7. What does La Marquesa do after it is obvious the British have won and what happens to her?
8. Where does La Marquesa want Sharpe to take her?
9. How does Sharpe escape from Verigny?
10. How do the French feel before the battle of Vitoria?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?
2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?
3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:
1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of Sharpe's Honor. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?
2. Compare the infantry of Sharpe's Honor to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).
3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.
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