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 does Sharpe know about the French and his position?

2. What has Sharpe lost after the initial French advance?

3. What does Dubreton do when he comes up to Sharpe?

4. What does Sharpe do with Pot-au-Fea?

5. Where is Harper when the French take over the convent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Farthingdale announce at the council of war?

3. What is Hakeswill's ultimate fate?

4. Who does Shapre meet from the French forces and how does that meeting go? How do the French feel about the British?

5. What happens when Dubreton comes up to Sharpe?

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

7. How do the French respond after the first two attacks?

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

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

10. What do the British leaders do on Christmas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The evidence of murder, torture, and mass rape is throughout the convent. Sharpe watches a woman being tortured by being branded on her breasts with a red-hot iron. The Elsewhere women are systematically tortured in sexually stylistic ways.

1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in Sharpe's Enemy.

2. Cornwell is trying to be historically accurate, so is his treatment of women in his book(s) justified? Why or why not?

3. Is there any way Cornwell could have presented women in a more positive light and still stayed historically accurate? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Sharpe, despite his background, is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common soldier. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Sharpe blackmails Farthingdale about Josefina in order to obtain command of the forces. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not?

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

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