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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 Lavisser say to Willsen?

2. What does Baird say will ensure Sharpe of advancement?

3. Who is Ole Skovaard?

4. What do Lavisser and a woman do as Sharpe comes into the room where they are torturing Skovaard?

5. What does Sharpe first demand of Hocking before slashing his face?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe do and think after fleeing Wapping Steps.

2. What is Captain Willsen doing at the opening of this chapter and why?

3. Why are Astrid and her father shocked at Sharpe's appearance?

4. Describe Sharpe's converstion with Madam Visser.

5. What does Skovaard read to Sharpe out of a Danish newspaper and what does Skovaard do?

6. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

7. What does Captain Dunnett announce to his troops concerning stealing from the Danes. and who appears to have already done so?

8. What does Lavisser say about Skovaard and who defends the man?

9. Who takes a liking to Sharpe among the Danish citizens and how does Sharpe save the man's life?

10. Describe Sharpe's encounter with Hocking when Hocking brings Sharpe a young girl.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Sharpe's Prey".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Sharpe's Prey". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Sharpe's Prey". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

There are three "villains" in "Sharpe's Prey". Lavisser is a fanatical patriot, Barker seems to be self-serving and Madame Visser is a French spy.

1. Explain, with examples from the text, what you see are the main motivations behind Barker's behavior. If he lived in America today with what crimes do you think he would be charged?

2. Lavisser is a "villain" who does not seem to be motivated by self-interest. Discuss why or why not you believe this statement to be true. Use examples from "Sharpe's Prey" to support and illustrate your opinion.

3. Do you think crimes or immoral behavior motivated by good intentions is more pardonable than that motivated by self-interests? Why or why not? Use examples from "Sharpe's Prey" to support and illustrate your opinion.

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