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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 does Harper go after the play?
2. What does Girdwood ban from the group hunting Harper?
3. Where is the second battalion of Sharpe's regiment?
4. What happens when Marriott speaks up about the dog?
5. Where are small detachments sent from time to time?
Short Essay Questions
1. Of what units does the South Essex consist and what is the function of each of those units? What seems to be the problem with one of the units?
2. What does Sharpe decide is the best course of action following his encounter in the city? How do he and Harper live?
3. What does Lord Fenner suggests should be done about the South Essex's trouble?
4. Where does Sharpe meet Jane Gibbons when at Simmerson and what do they do?
5. What happens when Sharpe asks the Prince about the second battalion?
6. Describe John Lynch, the training sergeant and his particular dislike.
7. Who travels with Sharpe to England and what do they find at the second battalion depot?
8. What standard was at the royal gala and what did it have to do with Sharpe? What did the Prince have Sharpe do?
9. What do the recruits do for the next few days after Sharpe and Harper enlist and where are they taken?
10. What does Sharpe think of the battle that ended immediately proceeding the start of this novel and how did the battle come out for the English?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Regiment. 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 Regiment. 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 Regiment? Which theme in Sharpe's Regiment speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Girdwood is the primary antagonist in the novel and a completely deplorable character, although Simmerson and Fenner are indeed close seconds.
1. Why do you think Girdwood is still in the military? Discuss his motives and the military's motives for allowing him to stay. Use examples from Sharpe's Regiment to support your answer.
2. What do you think would happen to Girdwood if he served in the U.S. Army and still did the crimes he did? Compare the modern concept of criminals in the military with that of the era of Sharpe's Regiment.
3. Girdwood seems to be not only despicable, but pitiable. Discuss the concept of characters who though despicable can also be pitied. Use examples from Sharpe's Regiment to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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 Sharpe's Regiment 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.
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