H.M.S. Surprise 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. Atkins and Stanhope are lectured about sailing by what man?

2. As the voyage progresses around South America, does the health of Stanhope improve?

3. What does Stanhope's physical condition push Aubrey to do in spite of safety concerns?

4. What does Maturin think of the gift Aubrey accepts from the captain of the Seringapatam?

5. Why do Mr. White and Mr. Berkeley second guess their effort to come on the voyage of the H.M.S. Surprise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ruse is used to fool the French armada about the strength of the China fleet?

2. Why is Stephen Maturin so visibly upset when he returns to the H.M.S. Surprise in chapter eight?

3. What are Aubrey's thoughts on the physical distance between him and Linois with the French Armada?

4. How do Aubrey and Stourton differ in their approaches to leadership on the ship?

5. What do his interactions with Dil and Diana in chapter seven suggest about Maturin's view of his role with women?

6. What details about Diana's life in chapter seven suggest her morality might be questionable?

7. How are Aubrey and Maturin's lives complicated by women in chapter seven?

8. What is Maturin's reaction to Dil's death?

9. How do you describe Stanhope and his entourage from the stand point of the H.M.S. Surprise crew?

10. What is Maturin's goal at the duel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maturin throws naval terms about, but really has little knowledge of the sea and sailing vessels. Aubrey is a man at home on the water, but he faints at a surgical procedure. Why are these two men such devoted friends to each other? What does each give and receive in the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At times, the sea represents peace, particularly to Jack Aubrey. At other times in the novel, the sea causes death. Trace how the author uses the sea throughout the novel. Consider what the sea has to offer the crew of the H.M.S. Surprise. What does the sea offer to Aubrey in both challenges and opportunities? How does the sea affect the lives of the women in the novel? Do you think Aubrey will ever leave the sea for the cottage in his daydreams?

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