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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. What is a fourth-rate ship-of-the-line with a tarnished history?

2. What does Wogan say as to why she is interested in Herapath?

3. As what does Maturin diagnose the prisoners' illness?

4. From whom does Maturin receive a summons?

5. What do Herapath, Maturin and Wogan do when they see each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Louisa Wogan and what happened to her?

2. What does Maturin find at Villiers' apartments?

3. Who does Aubrey encounter as they leave Brazil and what does he find out?

4. What does Maturin decide he must do over the Villiers affair and what does he do?

5. Maturin begins to mention Herapath to Wogan as a unique case--she claims an interest because she had seen his fall. It seems simple enough to Maturin, and soon enough he discusses Herapath with Wogan freely. All along, the three maintain their innocence. What do you think it means when Maturin thinks Wogan's explanation is dimple enough?

6. Who is Lieutenant Grant and what is Aubrey's problem with him?

7. The rescue of Herapath begins the novel's restrained, intricate, and playful treatment of the sexually-charged atmosphere of a man-of-war with hundreds of men and three women--one of them obviously pregnant and all of them dangerous criminals. What do you think is meant by this statement?

8. What happens to the convalescents on the ship?

9. What is Sophie doing about Aubrey's excesses?

10. What does Pullings find after the storm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of DESOLATION ISLAND.

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of DESOLATION ISLAND.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Aubrey's seamanship with that of Grant.

2. Thoroughly analyze the character of Mrs. Wogan, discussing both her strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot. .

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Jack Aubrey, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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 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?

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