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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. Where does Aksel say Skovaard is?

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

3. What does Captain Dunnett say is the penalty for stealing from the Danes?

4. What does Sharpe find for weapons?

5. Where are Willsen and Lavisser going together in several days?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the murder of Captain Willsen.

3. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

4. How does Sharpe escape confinement and what frightens him about his escape means?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

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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