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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 does Lavisser say to Willsen?

2. What does Baird say will ensure Sharpe of advancement?

3. Who is Ole Skovaard?

4. What do Lavisser and a woman do as Sharpe comes into the room where they are torturing Skovaard?

5. What does Sharpe first demand of Hocking before slashing his face?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharpe do and think after fleeing Wapping Steps.

2. What is Captain Willsen doing at the opening of this chapter and why?

3. Why are Astrid and her father shocked at Sharpe's appearance?

4. Describe Sharpe's converstion with Madam Visser.

5. What does Skovaard read to Sharpe out of a Danish newspaper and what does Skovaard do?

6. Why is Sharpe in his present circumstances?

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

8. What does Lavisser say about Skovaard and who defends the man?

9. Who takes a liking to Sharpe among the Danish citizens and how does Sharpe save the man's life?

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

Essay 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

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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