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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 does Louisa invite herself to dinner?
2. How does Sharpe get a telescope?
3. What does Harper suggest they do with the Parker's carriage?
4. Who does Vivar tell Sharpe is coming to the fortress?
5. What does Vivar tell Sharpe the strongbox contains?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does de l'Eclin accuse Sharpe of and what is Sharpe's response? What does Vivar's brother say?
2. What does Vivar ask Sharpe to recount and what does Vivar explain to Sharpe? Where does he ask Sharpe to go?
3. Why do Sharpe's men begin to call out enthusiastically when the Parkers come in front of the assembly and what does Mrs. Parker explain to Sharpe?
4. What does Mrs. Parker say about Santiago de Compostela and the British?
5. What does Williams tell Harper about Sharpe and what does Sharpe tell Williams to do? What is Williams suggestion to Sharpe?
6. Who, of the French forces chasing Vivar, does Vivar watch the most and why?
7. What does Sharpe order the Parkers to do and what does Sharpe do when Mrs. Parker refuses?
8. What does Sharpe tell the Parkers when they see French cavalry coming and what does he do with his riflemen? Who does he see within the French forces?
9. Who does Sharpe meet when a monk wakes him and asks Sharpe to come with him and what does this person say to Sharpe?
10. What do the British and Spanish find when they enter a village, what do they do and how do the troops feel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Sharpe's Rifles and in the others 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 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Sharpe's Rifles.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Rifles. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Rifles. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
Essay Topic 3
Sharpe's Rifles, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Rifles and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Rifles is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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