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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 type of terrain does Sharpe have to cross to get to Andrados?
2. Why was the troop Sharpe is now commanding sent there by the person in question #20?
3. Who does Sharpe capture when he first enters Andrados?
4. What does Sharpe think of the situation as he watches the action?
5. What does Sharpe think as he watches Farthington's preparations?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Spain at war with and how is the country divided?
2. What does Lord Farthingdale do when he arrives and what puzzles Sharpe about the situation?
3. What happens when Frederickson shows up at the convent?
4. What does Nairn tell Sharpe when he is summoned in Chapter 3?
5. What happens to Sharpe and the three others in the convent shortly after they meet?
6. What happens to the British forces as they scramble over the castle walls?
7. Who are the men Sharpe and Harper see first at Andrados and why are they there?
8. What do Sharpe and Harper notice about the basement in the convent?
9. What is happening in Andrados at the beginning of the novel and who is doing it?
10. How does Farthingdale act towards Sharpe when he returns without the woman?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
When Sharpe and Dubreton present their gold to Pot-au-Fea and Hakeswill the men take the gold but refuse to release the woman. There is some inconsistency in this situation as Sharpe and Hakeswill's last confrontation in another book would definitely preclude Hakeswill inviting Sharpe to join them. Also, the fact that Pot-au-Fea and Hakeswill allow the four men to leave is inconsistent with their characterization. These two items are necessary for the plot but they are more of a narrative contrivance than believable.
1. With research, define narrative contrivance and how it is used in several places in Sharpe's Enemy. Do you think the plot could have been satisfied without it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Do you think narrative contrivances detract from Sharpe's Enemy by placing too much reliance on readers' gullibility? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. When you read of the two contrivances above, did it stop you and make you pause in your reading to consider Hakeswill allowing Sharpe, his sworn enemy to leave? What do you think, in real life would have happened to Sharpe? Why?
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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