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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 Bampfylde do the night before his duel with Sharpe?

2. Where are Sharpe and Harper standing at the opening of the novel?

3. Chapter 6 recounts the lengthy history of Henri Lassan's progenitors and their role in overseeing Ch√Ęteau Lassan. Based on the previous sentence, what might progenitors mean?

4. What does Jane believe would happen if Sharpe accepts his accolades?

5. Why do Nairn's forces voluntarily reposition themselves when fighting at Toulouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jane doing in London while Sharpe is still in France? What happens to her because of this?

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

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

4. To what company is Frederickson attached, what is Sharpe's position in that company and who else of Sharpe's acquaintance joins the company? What event does this enable?

5. Describe Henri Lassan's sister.

6. What does Henri Lassan do after the war?

7. Where do Nairn's troops participate in the battle at Toulouse and why and where do they then move?

8. Who has set up the charges against Sharpe and Frederickson and what do the British authorities know?

9. What does Henri do with his sister, Lucille?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frederickson develops unrequitec feelings for Lucille and continues to rehabilitate her estate. On Sharpe's suggestion, Frederickson finally proposes marriage and is gently but firmly rebuffed. He thereafter departs to pursue Ducos on his own.

1. In psychology, there is a cliche called the "geographic cure" which means that for some people the best way to get over a bad love affair or some other negative circumstances is to move. Discuss how this relates to Frederickson leaving Lucille's house. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think it is better to face a problem head on or to just go away without solving a problem? Why or why not?

3. Write about an incident in your life or in the life of someone you know where the "geographic cure" was used.

Essay Topic 2

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Sharpe's Revenge and in the other novels in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe whom you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Ducos. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Rossendale.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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