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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. To whom is Marie married?

2. How many French vessels does Hornblower destroy or incapacitate?

3. What is the year?

4. Where is Captain Horatio Hornblower languishing?

5. What is the condition of Hornblower's sword when it is returned?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hornblower think about when told Admiral Leighton might die? Do you think his thoughts make him less that honorable?

2. What happens to Bush as the travel to Paris continues? Do you think people in that era were tougher than those today?

3. In what kind of physical shape is Bush?

4. How does Hornblower feel when preparing for bed with the other prisoners? How does he feel about his pending execution? Do you think he is a coward that he worries about his possible reaction at the time of the execution?

5. Who does Hornblower think of when he first meets Marie and what might these thoughts foreshadow?

6. How does Hornblower's opinion of Marie's appearance change as he stays in the house? What might this say about appearances in general?

7. How does the Spanish warden help Hornblower? Why do you think he would do that? Do you think that makes him a traitor to his country?

8. In what shape is Bush at the beginning of Chapter 5? What does the doctor tell Caillard? What does Hornblower say?

9. What happens that stops the escapees' trip down the river?

10. What happens to the coach that stops travel for a while?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Surprisingly, the Count announces that Hornblower will remain safe as his guest--he will not summon the authorities. The Count even offers Hornblower a loaded pair of pistols for safety, but Hornblower declines the generous offer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the character of the Count and evaluate why you think he is so trusting.

2. The trust offered by the Count seems to trickle down to his servants and family. Discuss how the Count's interaction with his servants engender trust and loyalty from them.

3. Do you think familiarity breeds contempt or good will; i.e., will a wealthy person who is friendly and treats his staff well receive better service than one who is imperious and aloof? Discuss your stance.

Essay Topic 2

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Hornblower to Bush.

2. Compare/contrast Brown to Bush.

3. Compare/contrast Hornblower to Brown.

Essay Topic 3

Hornblower is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common sailor. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Hornblower has an adulterous affair with the daughter-in-law of his host and often thinks of Lady Barbara Leighton and how much he would also like to be involved with her. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not.

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

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