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 is the Emperor's signal to start the battle?

2. What happens to the farmland around Quatre Bras?

3. What does Sharpe ponder also?

4. What does the Prince of Orange order?

5. Where does Sharpe meet Harper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is it about the British muskets that proves the beginning of the French's downfall?

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

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

7. What makes Rossendale feel better about himself?

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

9. What does Sharpe tell Rossendale during their encounter in the woods?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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