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. About what does General Rao question Mary?

2. Why does Rao give this to Mary?

3. What are the British doing in the woods?

4. What is nearly finished?

5. Who does Sharpe visit at Roa's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Of what do the British and Tippoo's forces consist?

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

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

6. Where does Sharpe go after the ceremony, what does he find out and how does he feel about it?

7. 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?

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

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

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

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a higher rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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