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 do the men have to stay inside?

2. How do the men propel the boat?

3. After passing through Blois, Chaumont, Amboise, Tour, and Langeais, what does Brown announce?

4. How much money does Hornblower receive from the sale of the vessel he captures?

5. Where is the vessel Hornblower captured going?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the relationship between the three men changed since being on board ship?

2. What worries Hornblower as the days in the count's house go by? What kind of visions does he have of her and Barbara?

3. Why was the disguise as Dutch customs officials so suitable for where the men were going?

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

5. What do Bush and Brown do to prepare for a spring escape and how does Hornblower feel about it?

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

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

8. What is the writing style like in Chapters 11 and 12?

9. What does Hornblower reflect upon about his wife?

10. What is a humorous aspect of the river trip having to do with being on fresh water?

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

Along with treason, another detestable action is spying. Spies are not considered in the same vein as soldiers in uniform and are not protected by the customs and regulations that govern the treatment of soldiers who are in uniform when captured. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think spies are not accorded any rights under many countries' laws and/or customs?

2. Even though all countries abhor spies, often even their own, they still spy, and men and women are still willing to be spies. Discuss why you think this is so.

3. Research and analyze the history of spying in either England, the United States or Russa.

Essay Topic 3

Hornblower , Bush and Brown lie, steal and cheat their way onto the Witch of Endor in order to effect an escape. Discuss the following:

1. There is a cliché that says "All is fair in love and war." Discuss whether you think that is true in a war situation.

2. There is a cliché that says "All is fair in love and war." Discuss whether you think that is true in a love situation. (Hint: Think about Hornblower hoping that Admiral Leighton has died.)

3. Discuss the irony of their stealing a ship when they've been condemned for piracy.

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