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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 Gudin suggest about McCandless to Tippoo?

2. What do Sharpe and Mary talk about concerning the military?

3. What does McCandless say to Sharpe?

4. What does Green give Sharpe to help with the flogging.

5. Who are Lawford and Sharpe suppose to contact in the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hakeswill get Sharpe arrested for a court-martial?

2. What is Hakeswill thinking about as he is looking for money and what does he do about a dying soldier who has money taped to his chest?

3. To what duties are Sharpe, Lawford and Mary assigned?

4. What is Sharpe doing with a dead enemy officer and how does his search end up?

5. What happens during McCandless' encounter and how does it end?

6. Where is Sharpe stationed, why is the British army there and why are the French there?

7. Where do the lancers take Lawford and Sharpe and what do the two men see as they enter there?

8. What are the officers discussing at the beginning of Chapter 4 and what is Lawford's suggestion?

9. What nationality is Mary and what do she and Sharpe talk about when he joins her after the battle? To whom was Mary married when she became a widow?

10. When do Lawford and Sharpe depart, who joins them and why does Sharpe take charge of the mission?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes 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 Tiger is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

"Sharpe's Tiger" takes place during the Third Anglo-Mysore War; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Third Anglo-Mysore War begins and ends.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and India during the Third Anglo-Mysore War.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Third Anglo-Mysore War to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

Essay Topic 3

"Sharpe's Tiger" is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your reasoning.

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