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History is romance and tragedy.

Review Questions

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1. Explain the following phrases: (a) palatial proportions; (b) blood-soaked burial mound; (c) the cream of Britain's military establishment; (d) blessings to their bliss; (e) his career was advanced socially; (f) he had eyes only for Sarah; (g) modest at first; (h) mingled expression of sadness and benevolence; (i) disapproval proved no impediment; (j) immortalize the Duke of Wellington.

2. Snobbery was widespread at this time. Cite several examples of this in the narrative.

3. Why do you think this ball was so famous?

4. Many of the officers who fought under Wellington were rewarded with appointments of one sort or another - some of them coming to Upper Canada as governors where they were less than successful. Maitland was one of these men. Why do you think this was so?

5. Read Lord Byron's poem.

6. "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman." Explain this statement.

7. Human kind has to be flexible. Why? disapproval proved no impediment 8.Quote the line in the poem that illustrates that "history is romance and tragedy."

8. What is irony? Cite an example of irony in this narrative.


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