Sharpe's Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 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. Who will lead the attack?

2. What does Sharpe tell Harper to have the riflemen do after Vivar enters the town?

3. What does Sharpe first find inside the strongbox?

4. How long do the troops march?

5. Why would Vivar not hang the banner in Santiago de Compostela?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sharpe enters the palace?

2. Where do the riflemen flee from the French pouring out of the palace and what do they see there?

3. What does Sharpe do with the sentry?

4. What do Sharpe and Louisa talk about and what is Louisa's idea? How does Sharpe feel about her idea?

5. Why does Sharpe know the French who have appeared are not the real attack?

6. Why is Sharpe going into the palace?

7. How long do the troops march and what do the riflemen do to keep their movement a secret?

8. What news do local bandits bring and what is Vivar's response to their news?

9. What does Sharpe hear as the riflemen are fighting and who appears? Why are the Cazadores fighting so hard?

10. How does Sharpe feel about Louisa being gone and what does Vivar tell Sharpe about her absence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sharpe's Rifles is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Major Warren Dunnett is wealthy, educated, and titled, yet he is also militarily ignorant and is so haughty that he fails to recognize his own limitations. Sharpe is not wealthy, not educated, and not titled, though he knows the ins and outs of combat and knows how to lead soldiers. Major Warren Dunnett makes several mistakes, some catastrophic, while Sharpe works behind the scenes to keep the attack together.

1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a system of nobility in a country, especially how it applies to the military. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The class separations in the era of Sharpe's Rifles are very distinct and the upper class is basically impenetrable to the lower class. Discuss the implications of Sharpe, the son of a prostitute being able to obtain the rank of lieutenant and the possible ramifications he might have to deal with when interacting with officers who come from a much higher class.

3. Often in this series of novels the upper class officers are presented as incompetent, at best, and dangerous and uncaring at worse. What might that portrayal suggest about how the author might feel about wealthy people and the positions they hold in society, whether qualified or not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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