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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 Anne tell Sharpe he needs to accuse Fenner?
2. What does Sharpe give Jane?
3. What does Fenner decide to do about Sharpe?
4. Why does Lawford feel an obligation to Sharpe?
5. Who eavesdrops on the conversation between Fenner and Lawford?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Anne tell Sharpe about him wanting to take Fenner and Simmerson down?
2. Where does Girdwood run and what does he do?
3. What does Sharpe decide to do in London and when that was unsuccessful what does he end up doing?
4. What do Sharpe and Harper hear about when they return to London?
5. What does Anne tell Sharpe and how does Sharpe feel about her information?
6. What does Jane estimate is the kind of money the schemers are making off the recruits?
7. What does Simmerson do with the recruiting scheme accounting books and how does Fenner react?
8. What does Lawford with his information?
9. What does Jane volunteer to do and what does Sharpe give her and ask her?
10. What are the results of the negotiations between Anne and Fenner?
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
Usually the women in this series are background to the men and tend to fit a stereotype of women in this era of history. This book has a different type of woman, Dowager Countess Anne Camoynes, who is strong enough to survive her husband, leaving her in debt and intelligent enough to finally outwit Fenner.
1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in Dowager Countess Anne Camoynes.
2. Cornwell is trying to be historically accurate, so is his treatment of women in his book(s) justified?
3. Is there any way Cornwell could have presented women in a more positive light and still stayed historically accurate? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Cornwell is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1820s. 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 the novel 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, Lawford, and Windham. 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/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?
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