Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Baird say that seems to momentarily shock Lavisser?

2. What does Sharpe not mention as one of his future career choices if he leaves the army?

3. Who does Hocking think Sharpe is?

4. Who does Sharpe say he is seeking?

5. Where is Astrid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

2. Who is Lavisser and how does he act in the carriage as they are riding to the docks?

3. What does Pumphrey say to Sharpe in private?

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

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

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

7. Why is Richard Sharpe angry about his commission and how did he get a commission?

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

9. How is Sharpe tricked and what does he do?

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

"Sharpe's Prey" is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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