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 Sharpe tell the Parkers to do when he sights French cavalry?

2. What does Vivar say will defeat the French in Spain?

3. Who intervenes when Sharpe and Vivar get into a fight?

4. Where does Sharpe put a dozen riflemen when he spots French cavalry?

5. By what title does Major Warren Dunnet address the lieutenant in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Vivar ask Sharpe to recount and what does Vivar explain to Sharpe? Where does he ask Sharpe to go?

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

3. What does Dunnet order the riflemen to do when the French are charging them and what is Sharpe's response?

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

5. What is the fortress to which Vivar has brought Sharpe and the Spanish troops and what does Vivar say about Spain and the French?

6. What does Sharpe ask from the Parkers when they stop in a small town for the night and what does Sharpe end up doing for his men?

7. What does Major Dunnet tell Sharpe to do, how does he address him and how does he feel about Sharpe? What does Murray suspect about Dunnet's feelings towards Sharpe?

8. With whom does Sharpe dine the first night in the fortress and why do Vivar and Alzaga argue?

9. 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?

10. Why does Sharpe withdraw his small force of riflemen he left in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Sharpe's Rifles qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in Sharpe's Rifles are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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 womanzier. 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 helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Do his flaws impact his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

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