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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 does Sharpe first talk to at the fort?

2. Where does Perkins go after Sharpe talks with him?

3. Who does Sharpe push into the water?

4. What does the French commander decide to try to do to Sharpe's men?

5. What is a four-pointed star of metal spikes that disables horses?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way are both Sharpe and Pailleterie furious at the other group?

2. What does Sharpe do with MacKeon's suggestion?

3. What do Teresa's men do that helps the enemy?

4. Why is Sharpe now grateful for Harper's earlier disobedience about the wine?

5. How does Sharpe attempt to sabotage the fort?

6. Describe the battle for the bridge and explain why Sharpe retreats.

7. How does Pailleterie threaten his men and what is there response?

8. What does Sharpe admit to Teresa about his jumpiness?

9. Where is Teresa thinking of going, and what does Sharpe suggest about her trip?

10. What strategy does Herault choose to fight Sharpe and his men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britain, France, or Germany.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sharpe, despite his background, is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common soldier. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Major Tubbs, who is an officer and gentleman plans to commit fraud for his personal gain. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not?

3. In the present military in the United States, officers are held more strictly accountable for their behavior than enlisted men and women. Is this fair? Should officers be more accountable for their actions?

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