Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Test | Final 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 do the French think about Sharpe's forces?

2. What does Pot-au-Fea so when Sharpe reaches the castle?

3. What does Sharpe demand from Ducos?

4. What type of attack does the French commander favor?

5. What does Sharpe begin to do after the French are spotted?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sharpe deploy the rocket artillery and what is the result of the use of them?

2. Why doesn't the French take the castle?

3. What happens after the French retreat?

4. What do the British leaders do on Christmas?

5. What is the French's response to Sharpe's machinations?

6. What unit shows up after the castle is taken and what does Sharpe do with them?

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

8. What happens when Farthingdale comes outside and what interests him about the French?

9. Where do the French concentrate their artillery fire and why? What is the British response?

10. How does Sharpe react to Farthingdale's announcement and what does he do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpes legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanzier. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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