BROCK AT THE OUTBREAK OF WAR, PART 2
History is an account of remarkable events.
1. Read the note marked [****] at the bottom of the narrative and then explain how Dr. Buchanan's theory of greatness applies to General Brock.
2. Who were envious of Brock and how must they have tried to explain his success at Detroit?
3. Explain: Desperate times require desperate measures.
4. Brock 'pinned his colours to the mast.' (a)What does this phrase mean? (b)How does it apply to Upper Canada?
5. What was Brock considering when he said he considered the pours and contres?
6. Explain the psychological trick Brock played on Hull.
7. What does it mean to say that Hull had overstayed his welcome on the stage of history?
8. It was necessary according to Brock to "overawe the disaffected." What does this mean and how did he do it?
9. A 'surging spirit' is at the heart of all heroics. What does this mean and explain why it is considered the vital dynamic in human society?
10. What made Tecumseh a great leader?
11. Why did Tecumseh decide to fight for the British?
12. How were Brock and Tecumseh alike?
13. What did Tecumseh admire about Brock?
14. Explain: (a) two titans; (b) emancipated from tyranny; (c) blurred triumph and tragedy; (d) a public calamity; (e) a Pyrrhic victory; (f) heavy weather; (g) melancholy event; (h) hot and heavy tidings; (i) walking with destiny; (j) the handling consummate and the stakes immense; (k) psychologically, his victory at Detroit saved Upper Canada; (l) the penalty was remitted; (m) burst the bubble of American superiority; (n) matter-of-factly but ominously; (o) forged in the fire of war.
15. Brock was loved as well as admired. How do you account for this?
16. Brock's aide considered his death a 'public calamity.' Why?
17. Name and explain the two figures of speech contained in the statement: "Brock's small force was the knife's edge that opened the oyster."
18. "The man and the moment came together." Put this in another way.
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