Essay Topic 1
How does the author represent the Spanish troops? Is this representation historically accurate? How do the official Spanish troops compare to the Spanish guerrillas of that time?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the hierachy of the British army during the time of the novel.
1. Why is it so difficult for working class soldiers to rise through the ranks?
2. What resentment does the novel suggest that this hierachy causes?
3. How different do the men react to a working class officer like Sharpe than to an upperclass officer like Simmerson?
Essay Topic 3
What makes Sharpe a good soldier and leader? Do the students think his skills could be transferred to civilian life?
Essay Topic 4
How has the army helped Sharpe? What kind of person does the novel suggest he would have become if he remained a civilian?
Essay Topic 5
What makes Simmerson a bad soldier and leader? What problems does...
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