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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 is Sharpe having trouble doing?

2. What does Hocking say Sharpe can do while waiting?

3. In what does Sharpe say he is interested?

4. Why does Sharpe avoid the first town he comes to?

5. What does Sharpe doubt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

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

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

8. What is Wapping Steps and why does Sharpe go there?

9. Who does Sharpe see when waiting on Hocking and what do they talk about?

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

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

Sharpe visits the orphanage master from the place where he was raised and kills the man, Hocking. He visits an orphanage in Copenhagen and is astounded by the differences between the two. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the two orphanages with as much information as is offered and by deducing other information by the context in the story. Why do you think the two countries have such different orphanages?

2. Research the treatment of orphans in England of the early 1800s and Denmark of the same period. Compare/contrast what you learn with what is presented in "Sharpe's Prey".

3. Research how orphans are treated today in England and/or Denmark. Compare/contrast that to how they are treated in the early 1800s. What do you think are the reasons for the differences between today and then? Which is more humane? Why?

4. Fully describe what you think is the ideal orphanage and why.

Essay Topic 3

A work of fiction is often organized around a structure called a plot. Discuss the following:

1. Define plot and its major parts (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution [or denouement]. Write a sentence or two synopsis of the major plot of the "Sharpe's Prey".

2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in "Sharpe's Prey". Explain using examples.

3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in "Sharpe's Prey".

4. Identify the major parts of the subplot you identified in task number 3.

5. Why do you think identifying the plot and elements of the plot is useful?

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