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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. Who is Barker?

2. Who does Skovaard say the woman is who is with Lavisser?

3. What does Sharpe do as he is riding in the hay wagon?

4. Where does Aksel say Skovaard is?

5. What does Sharpe hear coming from the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lavisser and how does he act in the carriage as they are riding to the docks?

2. How does Sharpe come to be Skovaard's protector?

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

4. How does Sharpe escape confinement and what frightens him about his escape means?

5. Describe the initial communication between Captain Willsen and John Lavisser.

6. Describe Sharpe and Baird's initial conversation.

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

8. How is Sharpe tricked and what does he do?

9. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A work of fiction is often organized around a structure called a plot. Discuss the following:

1. Define plot and its major parts (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution [or denouement]. Write a sentence or two synopsis of the major plot of the "Sharpe's Prey".

2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in "Sharpe's Prey". Explain using examples.

3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in "Sharpe's Prey".

4. Identify the major parts of the subplot you identified in task number 3.

5. Why do you think identifying the plot and elements of the plot is useful?

Essay Topic 2

"Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807", is written around the historic invasion of Denmark by the British in 1807. Discuss the following:

1. Research the actual historical event of the invasion of Denmark by Britain in 1807, and write an informative essay on it.

2. Compare/contrast the actual historical event with how it is portrayed in "Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807". How are they alike? Different? Why do you think Cornwell alters some of the facts? Do you think the alterations improve the story? Why or why not?

3. Choose some minor historical event and write a short story set in that event. Try to stick to the actual facts as much as possible.

Essay Topic 3

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britain, France, or Germany.

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