Sharpe's Waterloo: Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign Test | Final 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. With what does the battle start?

2. What is the result of the Prince of Orange's failure to order the Hanoverian line into squares?

3. What does Wellington order that his men keep?

4. What happens sometime during the night?

5. Where does the retreating British army take up its position.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the area where the retreating British army takes up a position in Chapter 10.

2. What does John Rossendale tell his fellow officers about the condition of his sword and pistol in Chapter 10?

3. Why, on the third day, are the French still confident of victory?

4. What stops the French from pursuing the retreating British army?

5. How does D'Alembord's premonition show courage?

6. In Chapter 10, what describes a critical decision made by Wellington that ultimately leads to an Allied victory?

7. How do Sharpe and other British officers react to the sight of Napoleon and what might be the intent of Napoleon in that regard?

8. What makes Rossendale feel better about himself?

9. What gross error in judgment and orders did the Prince of Orange make in Chapter 15?

10. What type of relationship does the contrast of the two opposing generals have to the two armies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the four days of battle, the Prince of Orange made several egregious errors that killed a lot of men; yet, after the first error he was not removed from command.

1. Discuss why he was allowed to remain in command. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If the Prince of Orange had been a general in the U.S. military today, discuss what you think might be the various outcomes that could happen to him.

3. Do you think royalty should have been given so much power? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Richard Sharpe is, in some ways, a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, both in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sharpe who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you have chosen that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Though the author Cornwell may or may not have such personal views on women, the way women are characterized in his series is often less than complimentary. Discuss one of the following:

1. Present and analyze the treatment of women in Sharpe's Waterloo.

2. Cornwell is trying to be historically accurate, so is his treatment of women in his book(s) justified?

3. Is there any way Cornwell could have presented women in a more positive light and still stayed historically accurate? Explain.

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