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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 the French do the day after the convent is destroyed?
2. Who wins the fight at the gatehouse?
3. What does Sharpe tell Farthingdale about Lady Farthingdale?
4. How would an artillery unit get to the castle?
5. Where are the French packed into during their last attack?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Hakeswill do during the battle and after the French are repulsed?
2. How do the French respond after the first two attacks?
3. What do Sharpe and Harper do when the British attack is faltering?
4. What does Sharpe capture first at the castle and how does he do it?
5. What do the French ask for after the British rocket attack?
6. What happens at the convent after the British abandon it?
7. What do the French do the day after they take the convent? How does Sharpe view his situation?
8. How does Sharpe react to Farthingdale's announcement and what does he do about it?
9. How many forces does Sharpe estimate are arrayed between the French and the British soldiers?
10. What happens to the first two French attacks?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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