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. What does Mary learn from the General's wife?

2. Who is near Sharpe's discovery in the dungeon?

3. What are the British officers discussing at the opening of chapter 8?

4. What happens when Sharpe encounters Hakeswill?

5. Where does Sharpe take Lawford?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tippoo execute criminals and what does he do afterward?

2. What do Lawford, McCandless and Sharpe discuss in their cell?

3. What do the rescuers find at the dungeon?

4. How does Sharpe get information about the mine and what does he figure out about the mine?

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

6. What are Sharpe and Lawford doing when Gudin comes to arrest them?

7. What does Gudin order Sharpe to do to sabotage the British and who does he encounter when he does?

8. Why was Sharpe honored and what did he receive?

9. With whom does Sharpe fight and what plan of his does his fight prevent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Sharpe's Tiger" is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your reasoning.

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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