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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 that surprises Sharpe?

2. Where are Willsen and Lavisser going together in several days?

3. What does Skovaard read to Sharpe?

4. What does Barker say when Sharpe asks him for the key to the chest?

5. Why does Sharpe avoid the first town he comes to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

2. How does Sharpe manage to get some weapons for himself on the boat?

3. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

4. Describe Sharpe and Baird's initial conversation.

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

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

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 Sharpe tell Hocking he wants and what is Hocking's response?

9. How does Sharpe deal with Hocking's two bodyguards?

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

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

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.

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