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 Farthingdale decide to do at the war council?

2. How does Hakeswill get free of the dungeon?

3. What does the French do the day after the convent is destroyed?

4. Who is recovered by the French and handed over to the British?

5. Who surprises Sharpe with a visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the first two French attacks?

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

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

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

5. What happens after the French retreat?

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

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

8. What do the French do the day after they take the convent? How does Sharpe view his situation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Sharpe's Enemy and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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