Sharpe's Waterloo: Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign Test | Mid-Book 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 does the Duke of Wellington order the Prince of Orange to do?

2. Who is the horseman identified as?

3. Why is the Duchess apprehensive of Rossendale being at her home?

4. Who is Lucille?

5. Why is the Prince of Orange excited?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is used on the field of battle besides weapons and men and why?

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

4. How do the French feel about the outcome of the war and why haven't the Prussians come to help the British?

5. What becomes a major source of friction between the Prince of Orange and Sharpe? Why is Sharpe with the Prince?

6. What did the actions in Chapter 7 show about the Prince of Orange and some of the other British officers?

7. What is the ultimate end of the second day of the novel?

8. What does Sharpe do when he and Doggett see a battalion of French while scouting the crossroad area?

9. Why are the French able to cross into Belgium and what type of resistance is there?

10. To whom does Sharpe send a note when he encounters men from the German Legion and what is the response? Why does he respond that way?

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

Honor is an important concept in Sharpe's Waterloo and in the life of those in the upper class during that era. It is assumed that those who are officers and gentlemen would keep their word after offering it.

1. Trace and analyze the theme of honor in Sharpe's Waterloo. What do you think Richard Sharpe would tell you is the definition of honor if you ask him? How about Harper? Rossendale? Do you think honor can be restored if it is lost? Does Rossendale bring back his honor by joining the suicide charge of the cavalry?

2. Respond to the following statement using specific examples from the book and your own experience: Honor is one of the most important character traits for anyone in any social strata. First, fully define the concept of honor. Then discuss whether you believe the preceding statement is true with specific examples from Sharpe's Waterloo and other books/films, etc. that you have read or experienced.

3. During the era in which Richard Sharpe lives, men could give their word on the basis of being a gentleman and it was assumed to be true. There was no such concept for a lady or anyone of lower social/economic groups. Fully discuss the implications in a society where only gentlemen would be considered trustworthy enough to give their word unquestioned.

Essay Topic 3

Before the battle, civilians gathered to watch the fighting. Given war today, this seems a strange custom and dangerous. Nothing is written as to how the civilians of the losing army would be treated.

1. How often do you think "innocent" civilians are killed during a war or conflict?

2. Is it immoral to harm non-combatants during a conflict? What if those non-combatants support their government's policies about the war/conflict?

3. In WWII, the US government targeted two cities in Japan with atomic bombs. The targets were not military targets and the intent was to kill as many people as possible, no matter their age, sex, or status. Is this an acceptable way to end a war?

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