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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. Why does Lavisser suggest taking the service entrance?
2. What is Sharpe's present assignment in the Army?
3. What does Sharpe do with the soldier's horse after killing the soldier?
4. What will happen if Sharpe does not solve his problem?
5. Where does Sharpe go after killing Hocking?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Wapping Steps and why does Sharpe go there?
2. What is the reason for the mission to Copenhagen?
3. Describe Sharpe's encounter with Hocking when Hocking brings Sharpe a young girl.
4. Why is Richard Sharpe angry about his commission and how did he get a commission?
5. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?
6. How does Sharpe come to be Skovaard's protector?
7. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.
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. Who is Lavisser and how does he act in the carriage as they are riding to the docks?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Cornwell is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze Cornwells's descriptive passages about life as a soldier. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would "Sharpe's Prey" be different if Cornwell did not include such descriptive passages?
2. Analyze Cornwells's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Wellington, or Dunnet. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Sharpe and Harper or one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.
3. Describe and analyze Cornwell's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Cornwell do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land/sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?
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
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?
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