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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 Pumphrey give Sharpe?

2. What does Lavisser tell Sharpe and Barker to do once that have made landfall?

3. What is Sharpe having trouble doing?

4. Where does Aksel say Skovaard is?

5. How does Sharpe throw off Hocking's bodyguards in the hallway?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Sharpe on Friday night at the opening of Chapter 2, and what does he do initially?

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

3. Where does Sharpe find Astrid and what does he do?

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

5. Who does Sharpe see when waiting on Hocking and what do they talk about?

6. Describe Sharpe and Baird's initial conversation.

7. Describe the murder of Captain Willsen.

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

9. Describe the approach of the British ships to the Danish shore.

10. What is the reason for the mission to Copenhagen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Sharpe's Prey". 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 Prey". 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 Prey"? Which theme in "Sharpe's Prey" speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following, and compare and contrast the two people. Include in the discussion their type of leadership, their personality, their morals and whether you would like to serve under them.

1. Sharpe and Lavisser.

2. Skovaard and Bang.

3. Dunnett and Sharpe.

Essay Topic 3

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider "Sharpe's Prey" a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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