Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Test | 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. What does Sharpe see in the convent?

2. Why was the troop Sharpe is now commanding sent there by the person in question #20?

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

4. What is being done to a woman with a hot iron?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Nairn decide about Andrados and what does Sharpe do?

3. What does Nairn tell Sharpe when he is summoned in Chapter 3?

4. What is in the fortress near Andrados?

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

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

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

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

9. What do Pot-au-Feu and Hakeswill suggest to Sharpe and the others and what are they doing while they talk?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Honor is a very important concept in Sharpe's Enemy and in the life of those in the upper class during that era. Sharpe demands honor from Ducos, who declines. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of honor in Sharpe's Enemy. What do you think Sharpe would tell you is the definition of honor if you ask him? Do you think honor can be restored if it is lost?

2. Respond to the following statement using specific examples from the book and your own experience: Honor is one of the most important character traits for anyone in any social strata. First fully define the concept of honor, then discuss whether you believe the preceding statement is true with specific examples from Sharpe's Enemy and other books/films, etc... that you have read or experienced.

3. During the era in which Sharpe lives, men could give their word on the basis of being a gentleman and it is assumed to be true. There was no such concept for a lady or anyone of lower social/economic groups. Fully discuss the implications in a society where only gentlemen are considered trustworthy enough to give their word unquestioned.

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe demands a duel from Ducos but Ducos says no. In other books in this series, Sharpe has fought duels. Discuss the following:

1. What is a duel? How is it conducted? Why is it conducted? When did the use of duels to settle matters of honor go out of use in England? The United States?

2. What other methods do you think could be used to settle a matter of honor or insult to one's reputation?

3. In England, dueling becomes illegal in the 19th century, yet men still engaged in them and the winner often has to flee to escape punishment. Do you think dueling should have been made illegal? Why or why not?

4. Research dueling in Britain and discuss the typical reasons two men would engage in a duel. Do the reasons seem worth the potential costs?

5. If dueling were still legal, can you imagine engaging in one? Why or why not.

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