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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. Why did the Peer choose Frenada as winter headquarters?

2. What day is it when Sharpe has secured the convent?

3. What is being done to a woman with a hot iron?

4. Why was the troop Sharpe is now commanding sent there by the person in question #20?

5. Who will assist Sharpe in rescuing the women?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Farthingdale announce at the council of war?

2. What do the French do the day after they take the convent? How does Sharpe view his situation?

3. Who saves Lady Farthingdale and why does he do it?

4. What happens when Frederickson shows up at the convent?

5. Why is Lady Farthingdale at Andrados, who is with her and what happens to them?

6. How do the French respond after the first two attacks?

7. Who does Shapre meet from the French forces and how does that meeting go? How do the French feel about the British?

8. What happens to Hakeswill when the French arrive?

9. What does the French agree to and why does Sharpe agree to it?

10. How important is Andrados, where it is situated and what types of protections are in place around it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Sharpe's Enemy and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast the two people. Include in the discussion their type of leadership, their personality, their morals and whether you would like to serve under them.

1. Sharpe and Farthingdale.

2. Teresa and Josefina.

3. Hakeswill and Ducos.

Essay Topic 3

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

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