Sharpe's Revenge: Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814 Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 have the Neapolitan forces done while Sharpe and the others capture Ducos?

2. Where does Frederickson go to find out information about Ducos?

3. How does Lucille feel about Frederickson's feelings for her?

4. What does Calvet gather up before they leave the villa?

5. Of what does d'Alembord warn Harper?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is apparent when Jane sees Rossendale and how does their social circle feel about it?

2. How does Sharpe capture Ducos and what is the cost of that capture?

3. What do Sharpe and his group do at Ducos' estate while the French are firing on it?

4. Why did Lucille's gun wound Sharpe so badly and what is involved for him because of that?

5. What does d'Alembord urge Jane to do, what is her response and how does he feel about that response?

6. What does Ducos do as a last ditch effort and why does he do it?

7. How do the maneuvers at Ducos' estate turn out as far as Ducos' men are concerned?

8. What happens to Ducos in the Epilogue?

9. How do Calvet and Sharpe plan to avoid the Cardinal's men?

10. How does Sharpe solve the dilemma of the Cardinal's men around them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jane has become seriously disenchanted with Sharpe the man while becoming seriously enchanted with his money. She falls in with a bad sort of people and lacks the intelligence to realize how brutally she is being used. Though the author Cornwell may or may not have such personal views on women, the way women are characterized in his series is often less than complimentary. Discuss one of the following:

1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in Sharpe's Revenge.

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 2

Frederickson's gentle rebuff leads him to travel away from Lucille and engage in successful detective work in Paris. The rebuff also sets up the gradual development of the love triangle resulting, at the novel's end, in the break between Frederickson and Sharpe.

1. Why do you think Frederickson and Sharpe ended their friendship because of Lucille? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What does it say about the character of Frederickson and Sharpe that they don't stay friends because of Lucille? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Do you think two people who like the same other person can remain friends if one of them is successful in his/her pursuit? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The court proceedings in Chapter 5 are a major turning point in the novel; at a stroke Sharpe ceases being a wealthy military hero and commences his life as a penniless fugitive from justice. The parallel development of Sharpe's and Frederickson's demeanors during the proceedings is interesting.

1. Compare and contrast the differences between Frederickson's reactions and Sharpe's reactions at being charged with a crime neither committed.

2. If one was an elitist and believed that whoever is born into a wealthier or more refined family will behave better in almost any circumstance, the demeanors of Frederickson and Sharpe under the proceedings would support that supposition. Discuss this statement using examples from the book to support your opinion as to whether a person born into a certain strata of society will react differently than one born far above or "beneath" him or her.

3. Discuss how you believe you would behave and what you would do if you were in Sharpe's position compared to what he did.

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