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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. Why is a duel called "grass before breakfast?"

2. From where did Sharpe get his uniform pants?

3. What does Sharpe want Sargeant Harper to have of his in the event of his death?

4. Why are Sharpe and Frederickson detained?

5. Who stops Sharpe and Frederickson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Napoleon do when he is worried about failure and who does he use to help him?

2. What does the man Napoleon enlists for help actually do and why?

3. What are the British organizing to do in the beginning of this book and what has occurred in their military campaign that motivates this?

4. With whom does Sharpe duel and why?

5. What does Peter d'Alembord do with Shape and his companions?

6. What is Toulouse and who commands it?

7. What does Lassan's mother want him to do and how does he feel about it?

8. What do the British at Toulouse learn after the battle about Napoleon?

9. What happens as Sharpe and the others are about to board a ship in Bordeaux?

10. What do Sharpe and Frederickson decide to do and how does Harper help?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sharpe's Revenge is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy are juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer and his hatred for his wife. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits help him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic Wars affect the social culture of one of the following countries: Britian, France, or Germany.

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