Short Essay Answer Key
1. What siege does Sharpe participate in at the beginning of Chapter 1 and how does he pass his time when not fighting?
Sharpe participates in the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo and passes the time in Spain by recalling events from his immediate past.
2. What is Sharpe's rank in Chapter 1 and what is the ambiguity surrounding his rank?
He had been gazetted a Captain by Wellington at one point, but on his last trip to England he discovers that the gazette was not approved. A certain amount of lost paperwork and some irregularities had stalled his appointment, and thus he had returned from England unsure of his actual rank.
3. What do Sharpe and Hogan discuss when they see each other in Chapter 1?
They talk over his recent experiences. They discuss the impending assault of Ciudad Rodrigo, and then Hogan mentions that he...
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