Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies 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. Why won't any of the men take the letter to the governor?

2. Why does Hornblower read the letter aloud?

3. Where does Hornblower think he is?

4. Where does Hornblower tour the brig?

5. Who is Charles Ramsbottom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has kidnapped Hornblower and Spendlove and what are the demands?

2. What are the implications of the capture of the Helmond?

3. Who does Hornblower meet ashore at Puerto Cabello and what ensues while Hornblower is ashore?

4. Who appears at breakfast and how does he get there?

5. What happens immediately upon Hornblower's return that is disconcerting to him?

6. Why does Hornblower write the letter and what demonstrates how little authority Johnson has over the group?

7. What does Hornblower do to keep the various authorities in the area from being upset at Hornblower and the English?

8. What does Hornblower learn from the Dutch and Spanish ministers with whom he converses?

9. Why is Hornblower summoned by Governor Hooper upon his return from two weeks on the open sea drilling his squadron, and how does Hornblower calm Governor Hooper?

10. How do Hornblower and the governor disagree and what does Hornblower do about it for the moment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hornblower is a man who, for the most part, "plays by the book." Several of the men Hornblower encounters during the course of Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies do not play by the book. Discuss the following:

1. Cambronne seeks to liberate Napoleon, which would obviously plunge Europe into another round of war. Is Cambronne an admirable character? Do you think Hornblower admires him? Finds him despicable? A combination of both? What do you think of Cambronne's plans?

2. Ramsbottom also does not play by the rules. How do you think Hornblower views Ramsbottom's actions? Do you think Hornblower wishes he had more passion for something as Ramsbottom does? Is passion for a cause more common in younger men/women than those of Hornblower's age? Why or why not.

3. Hornblower "plays by the book" exactly in the case of Hudnutt and is willing to allow a rather simple-minded young man be hanged over a minor offense because discipline must be maintained. Do you think Hornblower should play by the book in this case? Do you think he knows that his wife is taking care of the matter and thus stays out of it? Whose actions are more admirable in this instance: Barbara's or Hornblower's?

Essay Topic 2

Slavery and domination is a theme that runs throughout Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies. Discuss one of the following:

1. What is Hornblower's attitude towards slavery? Give examples to support your stance. Do you think his attitude is due to the attitude of England at this time or a result of his own thinking on the subject? Are his views on slavery admirable? Despicable? Or something in between.

2. How do you think men such as the Captain of the Estrella del Sur justify making a living by transporting humans into slavery? Do you think England does the right thing in declaring all slave ships subject to seizure on the high seas regardless of nationality? Why or why not?

3. Though slavery is outlawed by many of the nations in this time, many of those same nations saw no incongruity with outlawing slavery but colonizing weaker nations and in a sense enslaving their native peoples.How would you judge these nations that outlaw slavery but colonize unwilling nations? Why do you think these powerful nations did not see the hypocrisy of their actions?

Essay Topic 3

During this era when the book takes place, if a vessel under the command of a naval officer captures another vessel from a country with whom they are warring or captures a pirate vessel, etc...the crew of the victorious vessel shares in the goods, money and value of the vessel. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the British had such a "prize" policy in place then?

2. What are the possible abuses that can arise from such a policy?

3. Why do you think this policy is eventually abandoned?

4. Do you think the per head prize money for slave vessels help contribute to the ending of slavery? Why or why not?

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