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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 Sharpe do as he is riding in the hay wagon?

2. What is Sharpe having trouble doing?

3. What does Sharpe ask his childhood friend?

4. What does Sharpe realize about Lavisser?

5. What has Baird heard about Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pumphrey say to Sharpe in private?

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

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

5. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Baird want of Sharpe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

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

Good versus Evil. Both Barker and John Lavisser are shown to be "evil" characters.

The objective of this lesson is to look at good versus evil.

1. Class discussion. What is good? What is evil? Can good and evil both exist in the same person or situation? Who determines good and evil? In what ways can a "good" person act evil? What about an "evil" person acting good? How should evil be confronted? What can be done about evil? Is Sharpe all good versus Barker and Lavisser the "evil" character? Is life that simple? Is morality black and white? What are the "gray" areas in the scope of good versus evil?

2. Group work. In groups have students list ways in which Sharpe is perhaps not completely good. What of his actions could be considered evil, even if he is motivated for the good of all?

3. Class work. In class have students write an essay addressing the following question: Can good and bad exist together in the same person? Can a world be just good or just bad? When does "good" do harm? When does "bad" do good?

4. Homework. Students will choose one well known historical figure and write a paper comparing everything good and everything bad known about that person. The students might include personality traits, behaviors, actions, especially those which effected history, etc. The paper should include the student's opinion about whether the student would consider the person good or bad and how their traits compare to the characters in this play.

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