Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 Test | Mid-Book 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 do Willsen and Lavisser have in common?

2. Whose life did Sharpe save that resulted in the commission?

3. Where does Lavisser lead Willsen?

4. What does Baird want Sharpe to do?

5. Why is Willsen surprised to encounter Lavisser?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sharpe tell Hocking he wants and what is Hocking's response?

3. What is Wapping Steps and why does Sharpe go there?

4. What does Baird want of Sharpe?

5. Why do Gordon, Pumphrey and Baird decide to write a commendation for Sharpe?

6. What does Sharpe realize when he is hiding in the dunes, and who is searching for him?

7. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

8. What does Pumphrey say to Sharpe about his Army career and how does Pumphrey imply that Sharpe should cooperate?

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

10. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy is juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanzier. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 2

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Lavisser. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Angel.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

Good versus Evil. Both Barker and John Lavisser are shown to be "evil" characters.

The objective of this lesson is to look at good versus evil.

1. Class discussion. What is good? What is evil? Can good and evil both exist in the same person or situation? Who determines good and evil? In what ways can a "good" person act evil? What about an "evil" person acting good? How should evil be confronted? What can be done about evil? Is Sharpe all good versus Barker and Lavisser the "evil" character? Is life that simple? Is morality black and white? What are the "gray" areas in the scope of good versus evil?

2. Group work. In groups have students list ways in which Sharpe is perhaps not completely good. What of his actions could be considered evil, even if he is motivated for the good of all?

3. Class work. In class have students write an essay addressing the following question: Can good and bad exist together in the same person? Can a world be just good or just bad? When does "good" do harm? When does "bad" do good?

4. Homework. Students will choose one well known historical figure and write a paper comparing everything good and everything bad known about that person. The students might include personality traits, behaviors, actions, especially those which effected history, etc. The paper should include the student's opinion about whether the student would consider the person good or bad and how their traits compare to the characters in this play.

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