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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 is Jem Hocking?

2. Where does Lavisser invite Willsen?

3. What does Sharpe doubt?

4. Why does Lavisser suggest taking the service entrance?

5. In what does Sharpe say he is interested?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the approach of the British ships to the Danish shore.

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

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

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

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

8. How does Sharpe rescue Skovaard?

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

10. What is Wapping Steps and why does Sharpe go there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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