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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 happens to Willsen?
2. What does Sharpe not mention as one of his future career choices if he leaves the army?
3. What do Brown and Belling explain to Sharpe about his commission?
4. What do Lavisser and a woman do as Sharpe comes into the room where they are torturing Skovaard?
5. Why does Sharpe stay in the wagon as it starts moving?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Sharpe realize when he is hiding in the dunes, and who is searching for him?
2. How does Sharpe manage to get some weapons for himself on the boat?
3. What is Captain Willsen doing at the opening of this chapter and why?
4. Where does Sharpe find Astrid and what does he do?
5. Describe the murder of Captain Willsen.
6. How does Sharpe come to be Skovaard's protector?
7. Why are Astrid and her father shocked at Sharpe's appearance?
8. How does Sharpe deal with Hocking's two bodyguards?
9. What does Baird want of Sharpe?
10. What does Sharpe tell Hocking he wants and what is Hocking's response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:
1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of "Sharpe's Prey". What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressments"?
2. Compare the infantry of "Sharpe's Prey" to that in modern times in for the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).
3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: Uniforms, a rank structure of Officers and Enlisted, Strict Discipline, Training for New Recruits, Court Martial, and Different types of companies (i.e., rifle, Cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.
Essay Topic 2
Good versus Evil. Both Barker and John Lavisser are shown to be "evil" characters.
The objective of this lesson is to look at good versus evil.
1. Class discussion. What is good? What is evil? Can good and evil both exist in the same person or situation? Who determines good and evil? In what ways can a "good" person act evil? What about an "evil" person acting good? How should evil be confronted? What can be done about evil? Is Sharpe all good versus Barker and Lavisser the "evil" character? Is life that simple? Is morality black and white? What are the "gray" areas in the scope of good versus evil?
2. Group work. In groups have students list ways in which Sharpe is perhaps not completely good. What of his actions could be considered evil, even if he is motivated for the good of all?
3. Class work. In class have students write an essay addressing the following question: Can good and bad exist together in the same person? Can a world be just good or just bad? When does "good" do harm? When does "bad" do good?
4. Homework. Students will choose one well known historical figure and write a paper comparing everything good and everything bad known about that person. The students might include personality traits, behaviors, actions, especially those which effected history, etc. The paper should include the student's opinion about whether the student would consider the person good or bad and how their traits compare to the characters in this play.
Essay Topic 3
In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:
1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.
2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.
3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.
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