Flying Colours Test | Final 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. Why does Bush fret about the loss of his foot?

2. What does the fleet commander announce concerning Bush?

3. What have the men reached?

4. How does Hornblower get assistance from the local pilot?

5. Why would Hornblower be shot immediately if caught?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the French responding to the missing men and what finally happens that gives them some hope?

2. What characteristics of the three men enhance their disguises?

3. What is ideal about traveling on a river for escaped prisoners and how might that change?

4. What would you say is the purpose of Chapters 11 and 12?

5. What does Hornblower and Bush do with Marie and the Count to help pass the time? How does Bush do with it?

6. What happens as the weeks pass with Bush and how does Brown help him?

7. What does Hornblower realize about his status should he be caught and how does he view himself in his present situation?

8. What does Brown do that demonstrates his change in attitude towards Hornblower and how does Hornblower feel about it?

9. What are Chapters 16 and 17 used for in this story?

10. What was a major development with Hornblower's wife and how might that have changed his affair with Marie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much attention is given to the treatment of battle wounds, particularly that of Bush's amputated foot. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the medical remedies used in FLYING COLOURS to that which would be done in our modern world.

2. Many wars are partially, if not completely, determined by factors other than the actual fighting. One of those factors is disease. Research and discuss how epidemics/pandemics have influenced the outcome of three different wars throughout history.

3. Discuss why men died so readily of wounds that would be easily treated today.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 6, while Hornblower sits in the coach fretting, he sees a rowboat bobbing on the river, and he forms an instant plan. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Hornblower's ability to think quickly and take action to do what needs to be done.

2. Why do you think the ability to think quickly would be a valuable asset to one in a command position? Explain fully.

3. Do both Bush and/or Brown also demonstrate the ability to think quickly? How about clearly thinking? Explain fully.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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