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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 ship will the men take?

2. What do Lavisser and a woman do as Sharpe comes into the room where they are torturing Skovaard?

3. Why does Willsen know the name of the young Captain who speaks to him, though they haven't met?

4. What do the ships do as they approach the fort?

5. Who is Barker?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe do and think after fleeing Wapping Steps.

2. What does Sharpe realize when he is hiding in the dunes, and who is searching for him?

3. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

4. Describe Sharpe's encounter with Hocking when Hocking brings Sharpe a young girl.

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

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

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

8. What does Baird want of Sharpe?

9. How does Sharpe get to Copenhagen?

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

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

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

"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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