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 is the horseman attempting to do?

2. What order does Sharpe refuse to take to Halkett?

3. How might the pace of the Prussian Major who is taking news to Brussels be described?

4. What month of the year is it when the story opens?

5. How is the horseman dressed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What type of technical details are seen in Chapter 8?

9. Who is Sharpe's mother and in what wars has he fought? To whom is he attached now?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

D'Alembord died of a leg wound. This was a fairly routine occurrence at that time. Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast the medical remedies used in Sharpe's Waterloo to those which would be used in our modern world.

2. Many wars are partially, if not completely, determined by factors other than the actual fighting. One of those factors is disease. Research and discuss how epidemics/pandemics have influenced the outcome of three different wars throughout history.

3. Discuss why men died so readily of wounds that would be easily treated today.

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

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particular leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

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