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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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Farthingdale is wealthy, educated, and titled, yet he is also militarily ignorant and is so haughty that he fails to recognize his own limitations. Sharpe is not wealthy, not educated, and not titled, though he knows the ins and outs of combat and knows how to lead soldiers. Farthingdale makes several mistakes, some catastrophic, while Sharpe works behind the scenes to keep the attack together.

1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a system of nobility in a country, especially how it applies to the military. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The class separations in the era of Sharpe's Enemy are very distinct and the upper class is basically impenetrable to the lower class. Discuss the implications of Sharpe, the son of a prostitute being able to obtain the rank of major and the possible ramifications he might have to deal with when interacting with officers who come from a much higher class.

3. Often in this series of novels the upper class officers are presented as incompetent, at best, and dangerous uncaring at worse. What might that portrayal suggest about how the author might feel about wealthy people and the positions they hold in society, whether qualified or not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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