Sharpe's Tiger Test | Mid-Book 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 is Sharpe asked to do to prove his sincerity?

2. What does Harris think of Sharpe going with Lawford?

3. What is the main reason the British win the battle against Tippoo in Chapter 1 so quickly?

4. Why would Lawford be deserting?

5. What does Gudin prefer for executions?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tippoo execute two men?

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

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

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

5. Who is with McCandless when he arrives at the courtyard and what does he demand Sharpe do? How did Sharpe's actions turn out?

6. What does Gudin determine about Sharpe and Lawford and what does he do about Sharpe's wounds?

7. What is Sharpe observing at the beginning of Chapter 1, and what is his position in the British army? What is he thinking about at the beginning of Chapter 1?

8. Why do they decide Sharpe is a good choice for the mission?

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

10. What does Hakeswill argue with Sharpe about and what does Sharpe say to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Hakeswill. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of General Harris and Tippoo Sultan.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of literary techniques evident in "Sharpe's Tiger". Discuss the following:

1. Look up and define the literary technique called "narrative contrivance." Where do you think narrative contrivance occurs? Why? Give two examples and analyze them to see if the author has to come up with something to "save the day."

2. Does the use of narrative contrivance diminish the impact of the plot? The believability of the storyline?

3. Is there any other way Cornwell could have a mixture of suspense and action while at the same time making certain the main characters are not killed?

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