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. Who joins the fray who Sharpe and Harper recognize?

2. What do the men under Sharpe's leadership do when they cannot form a square?

3. Why do the Belgian cavalry flee?

4. What abates the Prince of York's excitement?

5. What has Wellington promised Blucher?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Sharpe's Waterloo. Consider the following: How do one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal" theme? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Sharpe's Waterloo. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Sharpe's Waterloo? Which theme in Sharpe's Waterloo speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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