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 Rao give Mary?

2. What does Mary say is her relationship to Sharpe?

3. About how many troops does Tippoo have?

4. What is the greatest effect of the rockets?

5. Why does Rao give this to Mary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Tippoo entertain his troops and what does he plan to do with the British prisoners during the entertainment?

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

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

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

8. How do the British officers feel about the outer wall, who will be sent in when the wall is breached and why are they given the name they are given?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

"Sharpe's Tiger" takes place during the Third Anglo-Mysore War; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Third Anglo-Mysore War begins and ends.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and India during the Third Anglo-Mysore War.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Third Anglo-Mysore War to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

Essay Topic 3

In the world of academe, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

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