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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 is the Count opposed to the current administration?

2. In what way does Hornblower answer the Count?

3. Why do they go to a house they see in the distance?

4. How long has it taken the men to travel about 400 miles?

5. What stands in the way of Hornblower marrying the love of his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hornblower end up where he is at the beginning of the novel?

2. 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?

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

4. How do the Spanish treat Hornblower and what can he see from where he is? What do you think it says about his character that they would do this?

5. What does Hornblower say is the reason Bush should not be executed and what is Caillard's response? What does the response say to you about his character?

6. What seems to be one of Hornblowers primary emotional states? What does he think when he reviews his actions which led to his imprisonment?

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

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. Where and when is Hornblower when the book opens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 5 and 6 while Hornblower and his men are on the road, much of the narrative is devoted to Hornblower's internal analysis of being a prisoner of war under death sentence. Discuss one of the following:

1. Hornblower is tried and convicted as a pirate because he is not flying the English ensign when he engages the French. Should he be punished by death?

2. When is the sentence of death applicable in a military situation--i.e., should some wartime actions be punishable by death? Discuss fully.

3. Trace and analyze Hornblower's thoughts about death throughout the story, including the death of others--for example, Hornblower hates the idea of dying but is hoping Admiral Leighton will die of his wounds.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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