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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 Captain Willsen doing at the opening to Chapter 1?

2. What does Sharpe give the girl?

3. Why does Willsen teach?

4. What is Sharpe having trouble doing?

5. What happens on Friday night in the slums where Sharpe is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pumphrey say to Sharpe in private?

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

4. What does Baird want of Sharpe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Sharpe's Prey". Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Sharpe's Prey". How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in "Sharpe's Prey"? Which theme in "Sharpe's Prey" speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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?

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