H.M.S. Surprise Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What personal tragedy recently happens to the captain of the Seringapatam?

2. What gift does Maturin make to Dil?

3. What threat does Aubrey make in respect to Maturin?

4. While Aubrey and Maturin are up in the foretop, what sighting does the crew make?

5. What is Aubrey's reaction to Stanhope's demise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the two vessels Jack Aubrey commands in the novel. Consider crews, assigned missions, Aubrey's comfort level, descriptions of the actual ships, and any other factor that is present in both. Conclude which is the better vessel over all for Aubrey's career advancement and why.

Essay Topic 2

As the two major characters in H.M.S. Surprise, are Stephen Maturin and Jack Aubrey foils for one another? Does each man stand out because the other is available for comparison?

Essay Topic 3

Early in the novel, Stephen Maturin willingly discusses Jack Aubrey with Sophia who is engaged to Jack. That personal conversation contrasts with Maturin's awkward advice when Mr. Nicolls confesses misdeeds on their excursion to St. Paul's Rocks. What is the difference between the two conversations? What is Maturin's attitude toward Sophia and toward Nicolls? Does either conversation bring up any past incidents in Maturin's mind? What does Maturin's reaction in each conversation tell us about him?

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