Sharpe's Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 Test | Mid-Book 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 does Parker ask Sharpe to do?

2. What do Sharpe's men do when he assembles them in the morning?

3. What does Vivar tell Sharpe about how he deals with military regulations?

4. Who does Vivar tell Sharpe is coming to the fortress?

5. How long do the Spanish troops and the riflemen travel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Vivar tell Sharpe about leadership?

2. What does Sharp worry about with Louisa, what does she tell him and what is her response when he tells her about the strongbox?

3. What does Sharpe do to talk to the French and what is the French colonel's appearance like compared to Sharpe?

4. What does Mrs. Parker say about Santiago de Compostela and the British?

5. What happens when the French assault the farmhouse the first time and what does Sharpe tell Harper? What is Harper's response?

6. What does Sharpe have his riflemen do when the French ambush them?

7. What do the British and Spanish find when they enter a village, what do they do and how do the troops feel?

8. What does Vivar tell Davila to do?

9. What does Sharpe order the Parkers to do and what does Sharpe do when Mrs. Parker refuses?

10. Who, of the French forces chasing Vivar, does Vivar watch the most and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast the two people. Include in the discussion their type of leadership, their personality, their morals and whether you would like to serve under them.

1. Sharpe and Vivar.

2. Harper and Willams.

3. Vivar and de l'Eclin.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of literary elements that occur in many works of fiction. Irony is a means of increasing both the humor and the complexity of a story. Cornwell often includes irony in his Richard Sharpe series. Point of view is the way the story is narrated; all works of fiction have a point of view. Conflict is almost always present in a work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary terms irony, point of view and conflict.

2. Identify two instances of irony in Sharpe's Rifles, offering examples from the text.

3. Identify the point of view of the novel and discuss why you think Cornwell chooses to use that particular point of view. Does the point of view seem to be the best one for Sharpe's Rifles? Why or why not.

4. Identify two major conflicts in Sharpe's Rifles. Are the conflicts completely resolved by the end of Sharpe's Rifles? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe, despite his background, is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common soldier. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers were usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Sharpe treats Mrs. Parker harshly and even drags her from the carriage and lets her drop in the mud. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not?

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

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