Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 do the British do after launching exploding bombs?

2. With what is Skovaard getting annoyed?

3. What does Lavisser hope the reduced number of bombs falling means?

4. What does Bang tell Sharpe about staying in the city?

5. What does Sharpe fail to convey to Astrid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation among Sharpe, Captain Gordon and Pumphrey.

2. What transpires between Astrid and Sharpe concerning their relationship?

3. What does Sharpe give Jems and tell him to do?

4. Describe the interaction between Captain Dunnett and Sharpe.

5. What is the conversation between Lavisser and Barker about the damage to Lavisser's house?

6. Where does Sharpe go with Astrid and how does it affect him?

7. What does Castenschiold plan to do in response to the British presence?

8. Why do Gordon, Pumphrey and Baird decide to write a commendation for Sharpe?

9. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

10. What do General Payman, Lavisser adn the Danish Crown Prince discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Sharpe is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in "Sharpe's Prey" and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

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?

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