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. What does Wellington do about the troops' baggage?

2. What does the Duke see to their south?

3. What does Rebecque give Sharpe?

4. What does Rossendale resolve to do the next day?

5. Upon what does the main French infantry advance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What person and his position, provide a good example of dealing with incompetent superiors?

4. What is the difference between the disposition of the Allied Forces and the French in Chapter 13? For what does this afford the author an opportunity?

5. What is one of the most striking differences at the end of a battle and the disposition of the dead between that era and now?

6. What charge of heavy cavalry is described in Chapter 15 and what two roles do the horses have?

7. What is the difference between Napoleon and the Duke in how they come before their men and how their men acknowledge them?

8. What happens to the British Heavy Cavalry unit with which John Rossendale is riding?

9. What new weapon is used, who invented it and why did the description of it stand out among other action scenes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 11, the macabre auction of the personal possessions of the dead officers is another example of the brutally simple disposition of the fallen soldiers' belongings and also their corpses. Only the most privileged soldiers and officers will have the benefit of loved ones and servants to seek them out from the vast field of dead and dying when the battle is over.

1. Do you think the treatment of dead soldiers and their possessions in this era meant that people had little value to society as a whole back then? Why or why not?

2. In terms of manpower does it seem to be short-sighted of the ruling class to pay so little attention to the wounded on the battle field? In other words, how many men may have died who could have survived to continue serving in the military? Why or why not would you consider the ruling class short-sighted in regards to wounded men?

3. Compare and discuss the difference in the way wounded are treated in war today as compared to that era.

Essay Topic 2

Sharpe's Waterloo is one book in a series of novels involving Richard Sharpe. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

The technical account of the first use of high explosive shells, invented by a Major Shrapnel, is a fascinating detail among the description of the primitive hand-to-hand combat within the fortified chateau.

1. It has been said humans keep finding better and better ways to kill each other. Discuss what you think this means.

2. Nobel, the man who invented gunpowder in the western world, was so grieved by what his invention did to war and the history of humans that he started the Nobel Prize and other philanthropist projects to use the money he made from his invention to help mankind. Discuss your opinion of his behavior, whether you agree with it, whether he had any reason for such guilt and how you would feel if you had been him.

3. Compare the impact of the invention of shrapnel to the invention of the hydrogen bomb. Use examples to support your answer. Include whether you think more people have been harmed by shrapnel or the bomb.

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