Sharpe's Siege: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814 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 would happen if Bampfylde left Teste de Buch?

2. Of what vital fact is Lassan and Killick unaware?

3. What does Bampfylde's Marines do when they arrive at the fortress?

4. On whom's ship is Sharpe called to plan his mission?

5. Who assumes command of the force that will assault Teste de Buch?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Harper's story concerning how he is with Sharpe's men?

2. What kind of shape are Bampfylde and his Marines and how does this affect what they do?

3. What do the various officers Sharpe meets with think about what the British should do?

4. How does Killick respond to Sharpe's distaste for hanging?

5. What does Bampfylde do with the American prisoners and why?

6. How does Sharpe counter Bampfylde's assertion of command and what does Bampfylde decide to do?

7. What does Pierre Ducos do when he learns Sharpe is marching inland?

8. Where does Killick move his cannon, how does he feel about his intervention and why is he doing it?

9. Why is Commodore Lassan at Teste de Buch uneasy?

10. What does Lassan do when he flees the fortress?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The technical discussion of the fortress' construction is interesting and precise, though the large amount of jargon makes an appreciation of the fortress' strength difficult to assess without reference to a military dictionary. However, a full understanding of the layout is not necessary to the novel. Instead, the general feeling that the fortress is well-designed and difficult to penetrate is sufficient. Choose one of the following to answer in detail:

1. Did you find the technical data to be easy to understand in the way in which the author presented it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. In what ways did the amount of description and technical data on the fortress add to and subtract from the experience of reading the book? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. If the last sentence above is true and a full layout was not necessary, why do you think the author wrote so much detail into the book? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 Siege 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.

Essay Topic 3

Honor is an important concept in Sharpe's Siege and in the life of those in the upper class during that era. It is assumed that those who are officer's and gentlemen would keep their word after offering it.

1. Trace and analyze the theme of honor in Sharpe's Siege. What do you think Richard Sharpe would tell you is the definition of honor if you ask him? How about Fredrickson? Bampfylde? Do you think honor can be restored if it is lost? When Frederickson extends his word of honor that the Americans will be treated fairly, why does Sharpe take Fredrickson's word seriously? Why does Sharpe believe Killick's word that he will no longer engage the British if set free?

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 Siege and other books/films, etc... that you have read or experienced.

3. During the era in which Richard Sharpe lives, men could give their word on the basis of being a gentleman and it is 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.

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