Sharpe's Tiger Test | Final 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. Where does the British army establish camp?

2. What does Tippoo order his jettis to do?

3. Who do three jettis confront?

4. Who demands to accompany Rao's men?

5. What is Sharpe's assessment of the British situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first task Gudin has Sharpe and Lawford do and how well do they do it? How does Lawford feel afterward?

2. What happens to Hakeswill as the British siege begins, who does he kill and why?

3. What does Tippoo hope as the British prepare to attack and what happens to that hope?

4. What do the British first do with their cannons to begin to breach Tippoo's wall?

5. What does a mill fort do for Tippoo's troops and what does the British do about the mill fort?

6. What does Sharpe discover about the dungeon and about Hakeswill in the dungeon?

7. What does Sharpe say to Lawford about the rockets?

8. What do the rescuers find at the dungeon?

9. What does Mary do when Rao decides to rescue McCandless and what does Kunwar Singh do?

10. What does Hakeswill do when it comes his turn to be killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary is the only woman in "Sharpe's Tiger" that has any role. She is an intelligent, resourceful and brave woman but, in the end, still needs the protection of a man.

1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in "Sharpe's Tiger".

2. Cornwell is trying to be historically accurate, so is his treatment of women in his book(s) justified?

3. Is there any way Cornwell could have presented women in a more positive light and still stayed historically accurate? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of "Sharpe's Tiger". What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted?

2. Compare the infantry of "Sharpe's Tiger" to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question may require some research).

3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.

Essay Topic 3

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider "Sharpe's Tiger" a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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