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

2. What does Louisa think might be affected by her current activities?

3. What does Sharpe hear right before the cazadores enter the town?

4. What news do local bandits bring to Vivar?

5. What does Vivar do with Sharpe's wine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Harper and Sharpe discuss and what does Harper tell Sharpe?

3. What happens when Sharpe enters the palace?

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

5. What does Sharpe do with the caltrops and how do they work?

6. What does the French colonel tell Sharpe and what is Sharpe's response?

7. How do the townspeople react to the British and Spanish attacking?

8. What is Harper's idea about the Spanish volunteers?

9. What does the French colonel suggest to Sharpe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Murray. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Willams.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Sharpe's Rifles a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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