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. For what is Hakeswill searching among the dead and dying troops?

2. What do the officers decide that Lawford will pose as?

3. What kind of weapon does McCandless use?

4. What happens when Sharpe pulls the trigger on the musket?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Tippoo execute two men?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Sharpe's Tiger", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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