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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 does Hocking think Sharpe is?

2. Who is chasing Sharpe after he kills Hocking and one of the bodyguards?

3. What does Sharpe hope about the murder?

4. What happens when Sharpe and Bang pass through the city gates?

5. What does Sharpe first demand of Hocking before slashing his face?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interaction between Sharpe and Bang at the end of this chapter.

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

3. What does the leter to General Payman from the British say and what is Peyman's response?

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

5. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?

6. What transpires between Astrid and Sharpe concerning their relationship?

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

8. Why does Sharpe finally leave Skovaard's home?

9. Describe the interaction between Captain Dunnett and Sharpe.

10. What does Captain Dunnett announce to his troops concerning stealing from the Danes. and who appears to have already done so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of literary elements that occur in many works of fiction. Irony is a means of increasing both the humor and the complexity of a story. Cornwell often includes irony in his Richard Sharpe series. Point of view is the way the story is narrated; all works of fiction have a point of view. Conflict is almost always present in a work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary terms irony, point of view and conflict.

2. Identify two instances of irony in "Sharpe's Prey", offering examples from the text.

3. Identify the point of view of the novel and discuss why you think Cornwell chooses to use that particular point of view. Does the point of view seem to be the best one for "Sharpe's Prey"? Why or why not.

4. Identfiy two major conflicts in "Sharpe's Prey". Are the conflicts completely resolved by the end of "Sharpe's Prey"? Why or why not?

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

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?

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