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 is with Sharpe at the table in a tavern?

2. What does the guide want to do when the troops reach a stream?

3. Where does Vivar go when he leaves the palace?

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

5. How does the battle between the riflemen and the first group of French work out?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Sharpe and Harper decide about the French coming to the town?

2. What kind of idea does Sharpe have and what is Vivar's response?

3. What does Vivar tell Sharpe to do in the chapel and what does Sharpe find?

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

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

6. What does Sharpe tell Vivar about capturing Santiago de Compostela and what does Vivar say about Sharpe's opinion?

7. What does Sharpe do with the sentry?

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

9. Why does Sharpe burst into the chapel?

10. Why does Vivar come to Sharpe in the tavern, how does Sharpe act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Honor is a very important concept in Sharpe's Rifles and in the life of those in the upper class during that era. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of honor in Sharpe's Rifles. What do you think Sharpe would tell you is the definition of honor if you ask him? Do you think honor can be restored if it is lost?

2. Respond to the following statement using specific examples from the book and your own experience: Honor is one of the most important character traits for anyone in any social strata. First fully define the concept of honor, then discuss whether you believe the preceding statement is true with specific examples from Sharpe's Rifles and other books/films and other media that you have read or experienced.

3. During the era in which Sharpe lives, men could give their word on the basis of being a gentleman and it was assumed to be true. There was no such concept for a lady or anyone of lower social/economic groups. Fully discuss the implications in a society where only gentlemen are considered trustworthy enough to give their word unquestioned.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particular leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

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