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 Sharpe ask Mary?

2. Who does Rao rescue from the dungeon?

3. Where does Sharpe go after hearing someone respond to his yelling?

4. What is nearly finished?

5. What does the British army dig?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Sharpe's Tiger". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cornwell chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors, then trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cornwell chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Cornwell's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Cornwell use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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