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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 can wealthy men learn in Willsen's club?

2. What does Barker say when Sharpe asks him for the key to the chest?

3. What does Sharpe do as he is hiding after escaping Skovaard's home?

4. What is Captain Willsen doing at the opening to Chapter 1?

5. Who does Hocking think Sharpe is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?

3. What transpires between Astrid and Sharpe concerning their relationship?

4. What does Castenschiold plan to do in response to the British presence?

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

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

7. How does Sharpe shock Wellsley when he arrives at Lavisser's family home?

8. What do General Payman, Lavisser adn the Danish Crown Prince discuss?

9. Describe the confontation between Lavisser and Sharpe when Lavisser holds Astrid hostage.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in "Sharpe's Prey" and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sharpe and Lavisser. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Harper and Angel.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Richard Sharpe discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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