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 are the British doing in the woods?

2. What does Tippoo have his jettis do?

3. Why can't Gudin help Sharpe?

4. Why does Tippoo give Sharpe something?

5. What does Tippoo do for his troops?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tippoo decide to do with Lawford and Sharpe after questioning them?

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

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

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

5. What does Lawford tell Sharpe about rockets and what do they see as they watch them being used?

6. How does Sharpe get them out of the prison?

7. What is Mary doing for work?

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

9. What do the rescuers find at the dungeon?

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

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 2

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 3

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Hakeswill. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of General Harris and Tippoo Sultan.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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