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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 Sharpe have Harper do?

2. What is Sharpe ordered to do at the fort?

3. What does Sharpe tell Harper to do?

4. Who goes in search of the French?

5. Where does the General lead a charge that destroys a British battalion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Major Tubbs supervising and what is his mission?

2. Why is Soult amenable to Ducos' request for some of Soult's men?

3. How does one of the people eating together in the mess offend Sharpe, and who steps in and has his own opinion about the topic?

4. Who welcomes Sharpe to San Miguel and what is he like?

5. What is Herault doing with Ducos?

6. What does the author say about "Sharpe's Skirmish" in his introduction to the story?

7. What does Ducos think of Herault's plan.

8. How does Herault gain command of the South Army's horsemen?

9. What does Harper admit about the bottles of wine he was tasked with destroying?

10. What does Teresa want to do and what does Sharpe suggest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many events that happen in "Sharpe's Skirmish" are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadowing."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in "Sharpe's Skirmish". Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Sharpe's Skirmish" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that "Sharpe's Skirmish" falls within the genre of historical fiction changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Sharpe's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Sharpe is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

4. Answer the above questions for one other person you think could be considered a hero in "Sharpe's Skirmish".

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