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 strategy does Castenschiold finally decide to take?

2. Who has been tortured?

3. What is the crew of the bomb ship doing when Sharpe awakens?

4. With what is Wellesley captivated?

5. What does Sharpe tells his men to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the encounter between Sharpe and Barker.

2. Describe the interaction between Captain Dunnett and Sharpe.

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

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

5. Describe Sharpe's converstion with Madam Visser.

6. What is said about General Castenschiold's Danish militia?

7. What transpires at the meeting Peyman has with his aides?

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

9. How is Skovaard when Sharpe rescues him and where does Sharpe take him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

"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?

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