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. Why is the Frenchman Gudin with Tippoo?

2. Why does Sharpe take control of the mission?

3. What does Hakeswill goad Sharpe into doing?

4. To what is Sharpe sentenced at his court-martial?

5. How did the enemy officer die that Sharpe is searching?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Sergeant Hakeswill do while they are marching and how does his action affect Sharpe?

4. How do the other officers feel about Lawford suggesting Sharpe accompany him on the mission?

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 McCandless encounter on his way back to British forces?

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

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

9. How does the battle end up between the British and Tippoo, and what does Gudin have to say about it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a higher rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Sharpe's Tiger". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cornwell chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors, then trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cornwell chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Cornwell's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Cornwell use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Sharpe's Tiger".

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

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

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