Sharpe's Siege: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814 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. What does Calvet want to do?

2. What does de Maquerre do when he sees Sharpe?

3. How many casualties do the British take?

4. What does Palmer say about the mission on which Bampfylde sent him?

5. What type of man is the man who meets Duco?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of tactic has Sharpe used to get his men out of the fort? Describe how it worked.

2. What is going on that favors the British and why does it favor them?

3. What type of crime was committed in the town and what happens to the perpetrator?

4. What does Sharpe and his men ambush?

5. What does Calvet do with his artillery?

6. What does Bampfylde do before leaving Teste de Buch?

7. What does colonel Favier ask Sharpe and what is his reply?

8. Who joins Sharpe and why?

9. What happens in the second French assault on the fortress?

10. What happens when the French first arrive at the fort and how does Calvet respond to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Along with treason, another detestable action is spying. Spies are not considered in the same vein as soldiers in uniform and are not protected by the customs and regulations that govern the treatment of soldiers who are in uniform when captured. Comte de Marquerre is a French spy and suffers eventual death at the hands of Sharpe. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think spies are not accorded any rights under many countries' laws and customs?

2. Even though all countries abhor spies, often even their own, they still spy, and men and women are still willing to be spies. Discuss why you think this is so.

3. Research and analyze the history of spying in either England, the United States, or Russa.

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 Bampfylde.

2. Lassan and Fredrickson.

3. Killick and the Comte de Maquerre.

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe weighs various factors in trying to decide what to do about Killick and decides that he cannot simply leave Killick behind, knowing full well that as soon as Sharpe is out of sight, Bampfylde will begin hanging the Americans. He is also haunted by the specter of Jane's death and involves himself in some superstitious speculation; Killick's yarn about sailors being hung in still air sends chills down Sharpe's spine and he somehow illogically conflates the story with Jane's survival. Sharpe comes to the conclusion that sparing Killick somehow guarantees Jane's survival. Discuss the following:

1. What is superstition? Can you name a few common superstitions? Do any of them seem to have any validity in logic? How do you think a superstition gets started? Continues?

2. Why do you think soldiers have the reputation for being superstitious? Do you think it is true? What superstitions are mentioned in Sharpe's Siege? Do you think superstitions help a person emotionally or psychologically when that person's life is in danger constantly such as a soldier at war? Do you think people are more superstitious during the era of Sharpe's Siege than they are now? Why or why not?

3. Do you believe any superstitions? What are they? Why? Have you ever found yourself unconsciously associating the outcome of something with something else happening that is totally unrelated? Discuss a couple of those times. How do you start associating one event with the other?

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