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

2. Where do the Cuirassiers ride?

3. Who wears black bearskins?

4. What does the Prince of Orange order?

5. What premonition scares one of Sharpe's friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. By the end of Chapter 10 what do each of the characters in the story face?

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

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

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

9. What makes Rossendale feel better about himself?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The military way of life is in and of itself similar to a distinct culture. Understanding how the military is organized, how it operates, and its basic rules of conduct will make any novel that centers on the military more understandable and enjoyable. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the military structure during the time of Sharpe's Waterloo. What is rank? What is the difference between officers and enlisted men? How serious is it to disobey an order? What happens if one decides he does not like being in the military and walks away? How are men conscripted? Does the infantry have a similar means of augmenting their ranks as the maritime action called "impressment"?

2. Compare the infantry of Sharpe's Waterloo to that of modern times in the United States, England or France. What are the similarities? The differences? Are the changes from those times improvements? Why or why not? (This question will require some research).

3. Discuss why you think the military has the following: uniforms, a rank structure of officers and enlisted, strict discipline, training for new recruits, court martial, and different types of companies (i.e., rifle, cavalry, artillery, etc). Discuss why you think men (and nowadays women) choose to become professional soldiers.

Essay Topic 2

Before the battle, civilians gathered to watch the fighting. Given war today, this seems a strange custom and dangerous. Nothing is written as to how the civilians of the losing army would be treated.

1. How often do you think "innocent" civilians are killed during a war or conflict?

2. Is it immoral to harm non-combatants during a conflict? What if those non-combatants support their government's policies about the war/conflict?

3. In WWII, the US government targeted two cities in Japan with atomic bombs. The targets were not military targets and the intent was to kill as many people as possible, no matter their age, sex, or status. Is this an acceptable way to end a war?

Essay Topic 3

Cornwell has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If many of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

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