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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 the army that conquered Andrados do in the town?

2. Why doesn't Lord Farthingdale marry Josefina?

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

4. Who has sent the troop that Sharpe is told to command?

5. Where does the army that conquered Andrados go when they finish subduing the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe urge Farthingdale to do and what does he do? What do the defenders do?

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

3. What does Farthingdale do with his troops as Christmas day breaks?

4. What do Sharpe and Harper do at the convent while negotiating with the leaders of the men there?

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

6. What is in the fortress near Andrados?

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

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

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

10. What does Lord Farthingdale do when he arrives and what puzzles Sharpe about the situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sharpe's Enemy, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note (until he arrives back home). Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Sharpe's Enemy and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Sharpe's Enemy is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sharpe's Enemy is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

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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