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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. Who is Major Lucius Tubbs?

2. Who is Captain Michel Pailleterie?

3. Who is Mr. MacKeon?

4. Where does Ducos want to force the British?

5. Where does Teresa want to ride?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Sharpe's response to Teresa's question about Gawilghur?

4. What is Herault doing with Ducos?

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

6. Briefly characterize Captain Richard Sharpe.

7. What does Herault suggest as a tactic for taking San Miguel?

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

9. Why is Major Ducos in Spain?

10. Describe General Jean Herault.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this story 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, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

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.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Sharpe's Skirmish" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Sharpe's Skirmish". Does the setting make a unique contribution to the plot? If it were some other country, how would the plot be affected? If it were some other time?

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Sharpe's Skirmish". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Sharpe's Skirmish". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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