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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. Who does Hocking think Sharpe is?

2. Where does Aksel say Skovaard is?

3. What is approaching the Danish shore?

4. What does Lavisser say that surprises Sharpe?

5. What does Pumphrey give Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Pumphrey say to Sharpe in private?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of literary elements that occur in many works of fiction. Irony is a means of increasing both the humor and the complexity of a story. Cornwell often includes irony in his Richard Sharpe series. Point of view is the way the story is narrated; all works of fiction have a point of view. Conflict is almost always present in a work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary terms irony, point of view and conflict.

2. Identify two instances of irony in "Sharpe's Prey", offering examples from the text.

3. Identify the point of view of the novel and discuss why you think Cornwell chooses to use that particular point of view. Does the point of view seem to be the best one for "Sharpe's Prey"? Why or why not.

4. Identfiy two major conflicts in "Sharpe's Prey". Are the conflicts completely resolved by the end of "Sharpe's Prey"? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807", is written around the historic invasion of Denmark by the British in 1807. Discuss the following:

1. Research the actual historical event of the invasion of Denmark by Britain in 1807, and write an informative essay on it.

2. Compare/contrast the actual historical event with how it is portrayed in "Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807". How are they alike? Different? Why do you think Cornwell alters some of the facts? Do you think the alterations improve the story? Why or why not?

3. Choose some minor historical event and write a short story set in that event. Try to stick to the actual facts as much as possible.

Essay Topic 3

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

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