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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 Lord John Rossendale?

2. Where does Sharpe go to report after engaging the French forces in a feint?

3. Who joins the fray who Sharpe and Harper recognize?

4. What dinner do Harper and Sharpe share?

5. What does Jane discover?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one of the first blunders committed by the Prince of Orange?

2. What do Rebecque and Sharpe decide Sharpe should do as they study a map of the area?

3. Why are the Dutch-Belgium troops unable to fight well?

4. Why is the Duchess of Richmond apprehensive about John Rossendale?

5. What town on the river Sambre is easily taken by the French, who tries to stop them, and what does this mean in tactical terms?

6. Who does Sharpe see as he leaves Wellington to return to the crossroads? What does he do?

7. What are some of the types of infantry attack used in the battle for Quatre Bras?

8. What is Bonaparte thinking about as he sits in his coach near where the French come into Belgium?

9. What do Sharpe and Harper do on the second night of battle?

10. Who does Sharpe encounter while escaping the crossroad area and what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Richard Sharpe takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the battles that take place on land between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British infantry during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic Wars affect the social culture of one of the following countries: Britain, France, or Germany.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Richard Sharpe is no exception. Sharpe's legendary powers of military strategy are juxtaposed with his reputation as a womanizer and his hatred for his wife. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sharpe demonstrates his prodigious powers of military strategy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sharpe's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sharpe's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the military despite his background as a child. Have his flaws impacted his career at all? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

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 many 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.

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