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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 insist on with Farthingdale?
2. What does Farthingdale tell the council about his head wound?
3. Where is Harper when the French take over the convent?
4. What does Pot-au-Fea so when Sharpe reaches the castle?
5. From what country is Harper?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to the first two French attacks?
2. How many forces does Sharpe estimate are arrayed between the French and the British soldiers?
3. Why doesn't the French take the castle?
4. What do the French do the day after they take the convent? How does Sharpe view his situation?
5. Who is spotted in the village that surprises Sharpe?
6. What happens to Hakeswill when the French arrive?
7. What unit shows up after the castle is taken and what does Sharpe do with them?
8. What does Hakeswill do during the battle and after the French are repulsed?
9. Who does Shapre meet from the French forces and how does that meeting go? How do the French feel about the British?
10. What are the first actions Sharpe takes after the war council?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the main characteristics of Hakeswill is that he seems to like to inflict pain on others. He is absolutely amoral and spends most of his time thieving, raping, and dreaming of murdering those who he dislikes, which is just about everyone.
1. Unfortunately there are a number of people in the world who seem to like to inflict pain on themselves or others. Following research on sadism, discuss why Hakeswill is a sadist with examples from the book.
2. There is obviously deep seated psychological reasons why someone would derive pleasure from pain, either their own pain or someone else. Is it possible that people who feel this way have some common factors in childhood? Discuss reasons from a childhood you think could form a person to become a sadist.
3. There is great debate in criminal justice circles as to whether someone who commits homicide is mentally ill. Some say anyone who kills another human being except in self defense has to be mentally ill because sane people don't kill other people. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Enemy. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Enemy. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Enemy? Which theme in Sharpe's Enemy speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
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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