Flying Colours Test | Mid-Book 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. Where does Brown stay when Bush is sent off to bed?

2. Where does the coach slide?

3. Who comes to the Count's residence?

4. How is Admiral Leighton's victory made possible?

5. Why is the coach stopped frequently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Colonel Caillard come to Rosas prison? What is Caillard like as a man? How do you think Hornblower felt about the man?

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

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

4. How does Hornblower appeal to Caillard's humanity and what is Caillard's response?

5. How do Hornblower and Brown implement an escape?

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

7. Where and when is Hornblower when the book opens?

8. What does the French innkeeper do for the English prisoners before they leave? What thoughts does Hornblower mull as they travel in the coach?

9. How does Hornblower decide who will travel to Paris with him? Do you think it was a good choice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Forester has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Caillard, like the tyrant Napoleon, denigrates his social and military inferiors and cares little or nothing for the welfare of those under his supervision. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Caillard as a person and military officer throughout the story.

2. Discuss what you believe are ten of the most important traits of an officer and which of these Hornblower seems to possess.

3. How important do you think it is to the winning of a war to have men (or women) who can command the respect and loyalty of their troops? Explain fully.

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, as happens to with the men who capture the Witch of Endor. 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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