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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 does Sharpe receive from the person in question #14?

2. Who is the head of the army which subdues Andrados?

3. What does Nairn give Sharpe to take to Andrados?

4. What is wrong physically with General Nairn at the beginning of the book?

5. Of what is the army that captures Andrados in the Prologue comprised?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do Sharpe and Harper do when the British attack is faltering?

5. What do the British do with the last of the rocket artillery?

6. What do the French ask for after the British rocket attack?

7. What happens after the French retreat?

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

9. What happens to the British forces as they scramble over the castle walls?

10. How many forces does Sharpe estimate are arrayed between the French and the British soldiers?

Essay 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

One of the main characteristics of Hakeswill is that he seems to like to inflict pain on others. He is absolutely amoral and spends most of his time thieving, raping, and dreaming of murdering those who he dislikes, which is just about everyone.

1. Unfortunately there are a number of people in the world who seem to like to inflict pain on themselves or others. Following research on sadism, discuss why Hakeswill is a sadist with examples from the book.

2. There is obviously deep seated psychological reasons why someone would derive pleasure from pain, either their own pain or someone else. Is it possible that people who feel this way have some common factors in childhood? Discuss reasons from a childhood you think could form a person to become a sadist.

3. There is great debate in criminal justice circles as to whether someone who commits homicide is mentally ill. Some say anyone who kills another human being except in self defense has to be mentally ill because sane people don't kill other people. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

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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