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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. Where does Sharpe go when he arrives at Andrados?

2. Who does Sharpe capture when he first enters Andrados?

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

4. What does Lord Farthingdale do after he assumes command?

5. By what other name besides Josephina is Lady Farthingdale known?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe first do when he takes over his new command and to what conclusions does he come?

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

3. How does Sharpe feel as Farthingdale is getting ready and what do the defenders of the castle do?

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

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

6. Where and at what time is the Prologue set?

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

8. What is happening in Andrados at the beginning of the novel and who is doing it?

9. What is in the fortress near Andrados?

10. What do Sharpe and Harper notice about the basement in the convent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The evidence of murder, torture, and mass rape is throughout the convent. Sharpe watches a woman being tortured by being branded on her breasts with a red-hot iron. The Elsewhere women are systematically tortured in sexually stylistic ways.

1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in Sharpe's Enemy.

2. Cornwell is trying to be historically accurate, so is his treatment of women in his book(s) justified? Why or why not?

3. Is there any way Cornwell could have presented women in a more positive light and still stayed historically accurate? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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