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 type of terrain does Sharpe have to cross to get to Andrados?

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

3. What does Dubreton's wife say to her husband?

4. Who finally arrives after Josefina speaks to Sharpe?

5. At what location does Chapter 1 begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Before whom is Sharpe summoned in Chapter one, what is that man like and why is he summoned?

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

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

5. What happens to the gold Sharpe brought with him and what kind of reassurance does Pot-au-Feu give? What do the men learn from that reassurance?

6. Who does Sharpe meet who is head of the rifle company going to Andrados, what is that man like and how does Sharpe feel about him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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