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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 two leaders of the Andrados force doing when they talk to Sharpe?

2. How do the defenders of the castle appear to Sharpe?

3. Who goes to Andrados with Sharpe?

4. What do Sharpe and Harper look at when surveying the convent?

5. At what location is the Prologue set?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lady Farthingdale do when she sees Sharpe?

2. What does Nairn tell Sharpe when he is summoned in Chapter 3?

3. Who are the men Sharpe and Harper see first at Andrados and why are they there?

4. What does Lord Farthingdale do when he arrives and what puzzles Sharpe about the situation?

5. What does Farthingdale do when he is injured and what does Sharpe see after he does it?

6. What is in the fortress near Andrados?

7. Who is Spain at war with and how is the country divided?

8. What type of combat unit has the Prince Regent sent, why has he sent it and how does Nairn feel about it?

9. What does Sharpe do with the prisoners and what bothers him the most about the prisoners as far as who he wanted to capture?

10. What does Sharpe urge Farthingdale to do and what does he do? What do the defenders do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 Ducos. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Hakeswill.

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

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 Sharpe's Enemy qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in Sharpe's Enemy 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

Sharpe demands a duel from Ducos but Ducos says no. In other books in this series, Sharpe has fought duels. Discuss the following:

1. What is a duel? How is it conducted? Why is it conducted? When did the use of duels to settle matters of honor go out of use in England? The United States?

2. What other methods do you think could be used to settle a matter of honor or insult to one's reputation?

3. In England, dueling becomes illegal in the 19th century, yet men still engaged in them and the winner often has to flee to escape punishment. Do you think dueling should have been made illegal? Why or why not?

4. Research dueling in Britain and discuss the typical reasons two men would engage in a duel. Do the reasons seem worth the potential costs?

5. If dueling were still legal, can you imagine engaging in one? Why or why not.

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