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. At what does Hornblower marvel?

2. Where does Brown stay when Bush is sent off to bed?

3. Where does the coach slide?

4. What is the year?

5. What does the Innkeeper do after the men are loaded into the coach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens in the first few hours after their escape? Why is the river being swift to their advantage?

2. What does Hornblower do after the men are dried and clothed and Bush is put to bed? What does the Count tell Hornblower?

3. What do you think of the fact that of all the houses the men could have gone they happen to find one with occupants sympathetic to them?

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

5. What is Hornblower told will be done with him? How would you feel if you were him?

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

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

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

9. How does the Spanish surgeon feel about Bush being transported and what does he do to mitigate the possible repercussions to Bush? What does this say about the surgeon's character?

10. What does Hornblower awaken to a few days after his capture? How does he respond? What does he see? What do you think he might have felt when he first saw the fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Most of the entire series of novels concerning Captain Horatio Hornblower takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the naval aspect of the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British navy during either WWI or WWII.

4. Write an expository essay on how the Napoleonic War affects the social culture of one of the following countries: Britian, France, or Spain.

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