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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 Sharpe and Rebecque draft in Chapter 5?

2. What does the bugle call the French to do?

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

4. Why is the Prince of Orange enraged?

5. About what is the Duke of Wellington worried?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the Duke of Wellington read at the ball that interrupts his participation? What does he do after he reads the dispatch?

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

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

7. How does Sharpe mitigate a complete disaster with the battalions under French cavalry attack?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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