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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 did Killick do in Chapter One?

2. Why does Bampfylde order Sharpe's rifle companies to get some rest?

3. On what peninsula has the British forces been fighting?

4. In this war between Napoleon and Europe with whom are the Americans allied?

5. In what state are Napoleon's troops at the beginning of this book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the British decide to do to implement their plan from question # 3?

3. How is Killick's ambush neutralized?

4. What does Killick decide to do with the British coming?

5. What does Killick and Sharpe realize when they speak?

6. What is Sharpe's mission and what does Elphinstone think about it?

7. What surprises Sharpe when they land and why is he surprised and what does Bampfylde do?

8. Describe briefly Sharpe's new command.

9. What does Killick think the British will do, how much experience does he have with fighting on land and what worries him the most?

10. To where do the British advance in Chapter 1 and 2 and what do they decide to do next?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sharpe's Siege 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

Although Hogan's fever and eventual death is not focused on in a dominant way, the credibility of the basic plot relies heavily on this intelligence officer's information being withheld due to illness. In other words, Sharpe will go to war believing he is to act a certain way while in point of fact his mission was intended to be something else entirely. Choose one of the following to answer in detail:

1. Explain why the convenience of Hogan's illness is likely a narrative contrivance. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain how you believe the plot could have worked without Hogan's illness. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Based on Sharpe's behavior in his decision not to go to Bordeaux because of a "feeling" about de Marquerre, why would the author go to the trouble of inventing Hogan? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, is a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet" or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed more admirable?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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