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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. What does Harper and Sharpe capture in the battle Sharpe is describing?

2. What accompanies the work parties that go off the island?

3. What does the person who is asked about the second battalion say?

4. What is the month and year at the opening of Sharpe's Regiment?

5. What does Sharpe trust to Maggie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Girdwood's orders concerning Harper and what does Harper do?

2. What does Sergeant Carew at the second battalion depot tell Sharpe?

3. Why does Sharpe walk to a poor rookery? What is Sharpe's connection to it?

4. What happens when Marriott attempts to escape?

5. Under what names do Sharpe and Harper enlist and who enlists with them?

6. Where do Harper and Sharpe go and why do they receive attention? How do Sharpe and Harper feel about the attention?

7. What is Havercamp like as a person, and what does he promise the recruits and how does he pay for the drinks he serves the recruits?

8. Where does Sharpe meet Jane Gibbons when at Simmerson and what do they do?

9. What does Jane tell him about the system for the recruits there and what does she say she will do?

10. What does Nairn suggest Sharpe should do and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Sharpe's Regiment a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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

Sharpe rather naively believes the situation with second battalion will be easily rectified simply by bringing it to the attention of the authorities. His initial plan is to simply lay the matter before the Prince of Wales and let that august person propose a solution.

1. Do you think it is conceivable that a man who has been in the military as long as Sharpe has could be so naive about political power? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own experience to support your answer.

2. Discuss what might be the similarities and differences between Sharpe's efforts and the efforts one might make in America today when trying to bring a wrong to the attention of a legislator or governor. Use examples from the text and your own experience to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you see are the similarities and differences between the politicians in Sharpe's Regiment and America today. Use examples from the text and your own experience to support your answer.

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