THE KING'S DUTY LIES HEAVY ON ME
History speaks for itself.
Vocabulary: degradation, halberds, laceration, brine, repulsive, deterrent, flout, consription, habitual, inducement, blasphemy, scum, malefactor, erring, efficacy, drum-head, chaplain, malingerer, banishment
1. Explain: (a) the firing party; (b) hands pinioned; (c)reformation secondary; (d) besotted with ale; (e) soured a man's disposition; (f) the scum of the earth; (g) repulsive spectacle; (h) sickeniing savagery; (i) noble nit-picker; (j) the erection of gallows and triangles failed to frighten; (k) saw discipline as a means to an end.
2 Why do was the primary purpose of punishment its efficacy as an example?
3. "This example had its desired effect." What would that be?
4. Ritual was important in matters of military discipline. Why?
5. Discovering the king's shilling in one's pocket did not usually mean good fortune. Explain.
6. How did volunteering to serve one's country differ from then to now? (a) What is ironic about the harsh treatment of volunteers?
7. "The cure was worse than the disease." How does this common saying apply in this instance?
8.The Duke of Kent was a sadistic martinet preoccupied completly with reproach rather than praise. In your own words write a brief description of Queen Victoria's father.
9.The Duke of Kent was preoccupied with'inconsequential matters." With what should he have been preoccupied?
10. History speaks for itself. What is it saying in this narrative?
11. Regimental court-martials were sometimes held 'at drumhead.' What did this mean?
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