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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

The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of "Sharpe's Prey". What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?

2. Compare the infantry of "Sharpe's Prey" to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).

3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Sharpe's Prey".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Sharpe's Prey". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Sharpe's Prey". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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