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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

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

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 this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book 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 3

"Sharpe's Prey", like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Sharpe's Prey" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Sharpe's Prey" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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