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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 do the French want Bampfylde to do?
2. In what direction are Bampfylde's Marines marching?
3. Why isn't Richard Sharpe's rank confirmed?
4. What do they do with Harper after he pulls his tooth?
5. How does Lassan feel when he hears of the land force?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Frederickson feel about the treatment of the Americans and what does he do?
2. Describe briefly Sharpe's new command.
3. What plan does Sharpe use to get into the fortress?
4. What does Sharpe doe when he arrives near the area of the fortress?
5. What does Pierre Ducos do when he learns Sharpe is marching inland?
6. How does Sharpe prepare first for his mission? How does that turn out?
7. To where do the British advance in Chapter 1 and 2 and what do they decide to do next?
8. What does Lassan do when he flees the fortress?
9. Describe the recent event just preceding this book.
10. What is Harper's story concerning how he is with Sharpe's men?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Siege. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why do you think it is not a "universal" theme?
2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Siege. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why do you think it not is a "universal" theme?
3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Siege? Which theme in Sharpe's Siege speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 9, the meeting between de Maquerre and Ducos heavily foreshadows future developments. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."
2. What is foreshadowed by the meeting between de Maquerre and Ducos? What are other instances of foreshadowing in the book? What purpose do you think it serves that the author chooses to give "hints" of things to come?
3. Are there times when something seems to be foreshadowed in Sharpe's Siege, but it does not play out in the manner hinted at? Why do you think the author chooses to lead the readers astray? How do you react when something happens in the book of which there is no hint whatsoever earlier? Do readers like to "prepare" themselves for future action in a book? Do you feel "cheated" when a major character whom you have come to enjoy immensely dies or is killed suddenly with no hint that it is going to happen? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:
1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of Sharpe's Siege. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?
2. Compare the infantry of Sharpe's Siege to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).
3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.
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