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. About how many French forces converge on Andrados?

2. What do the British do when the French artillery begins?

3. At what place do the French concentrate their artillery?

4. What does Farthingdale tell the council about his head wound?

5. What does Farthingdale do when he comes outside?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the British do when they capture the castle and what do some of Pot-au-Fea's men do?

2. What is Hakeswill's ultimate fate?

3. What do the British do with the last of the rocket artillery?

4. What happens to the first two French attacks?

5. What does Sharpe arrange the day after the war council?

6. What does the French agree to and why does Sharpe agree to it?

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

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

9. How many forces does Sharpe estimate are arrayed between the French and the British soldiers?

10. What are the first actions Sharpe takes after the war council?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britian, France, or Germany.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Sharpe's Enemy qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in Sharpe's Enemy are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

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