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 does Hakeswill do to Sharpe's musket?

2. Why does McCandless shoot his horse?

3. How does Sharpe feel about Mary's suggestion?

4. Where is Mary directed to go?

5. How long did the battle just over in Chapter 1 last?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do the deserters spend their first night, who interrogates them and what do they see in the courtyard the next morning?

2. What does McCandless see at Seringapatam and what is his hope?

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

4. 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?

5. What is the outcome of Sharpe's court-martial and what does Sergeant Green do for Sharpe?

6. How does Tippoo execute two men?

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

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

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

10. What does Sharpe do about his and Mary's conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Sharpe's Tiger" the British are fighting in India, a country which the British has conquered and made a part of the British Empire.

1. Discuss the moral issues surrounding one country conquering another. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Richard Sharpe is presented as the hero in "Sharpe's Tiger" and yet Tippoo Sultan is fighting for the right of his country to be independent of a conqueror. Discuss the behavior of Tippoo which shows him to be as much of a hero as Sharpe. Use examples from "Sharpe's Tiger" to support your answer.

3. With research compare British invasion and occupation of India with a similar incident that occurs in the 20th. century.

Essay Topic 2

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

"Sharpe's Tiger", like many and perhaps a majority of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Sharpe's Tiger" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Sharpe's Tiger" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. State what you think are three characteristics of a successful novel and whether or not "Sharpe's Tiger" in your opinion is a successful novel.

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