Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. At what location does Chapter 1 begin?

2. What are the two leaders of the Andrados force doing when they talk to Sharpe?

3. What does the rocket battalion have that Sharpe needs?

4. What happens as the British forces are scrambling over the castle's outer walls?

5. What does the Chaplain General ask Nairn to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe and Harper do when they first arrive at Andrados?

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

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

4. What are the first actions Sharpe takes after the war council?

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

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

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

8. What does Sharpe capture first at the castle and how does he do it?

9. Who is spotted in the village that surprises Sharpe?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Enemy. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Enemy. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Enemy? Which theme in Sharpe's Enemy speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

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

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Sharpe's Enemy a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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