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. About what does Rebecque lecture Sharpe?

2. How does Blucher's Prussian army fare the day before?

3. What does Lord Rossendale say to the Life Guard officers?

4. What is the Duke of Wellington's army doing?

5. Who do Doggett and Sharpe see as they are leaving the Quatre Bras area?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author fit in a depiction of the Allied Forces in Chapter 13?

3. What explanations about British firing techniques are described in great detail in chapter 15?

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

5. What is a major failure on the French part that leads to their ultimate defeat?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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