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. What diet addition helps the crew of the H.M.S. Surprise combat scurvy?

2. What is the reason for the argument in chapter seven between Aubrey and Maturin?

3. Who leads the French Armada?

4. What new symptoms does Stanhope display after leaving Bombay?

5. Whom does Maturin teach to read and write in chapter six?

Short Essay Questions

1. How effective is Maturin's solution for Stanhope's health after the convulsing?

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

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

4. Why might Pullings be disappointed with the actions of Mr. Hervey's uncle while the H.M.S. Surprise is anchored at Bombay?

5. Why does Maturin's desired outcome for Canning not come to pass?

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

7. Why are Mr. Ahmed Smyth and Atkins at odds with one another?

8. Why is Maturin's meeting with Canning awkward?

9. Why does Commodore temper his excitement after the sea victory?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Weather plays quite a role in the novel. What impact do the storms at sea in particular have on Aubrey and Maturin?

Essay Topic 2

From the people who talk about or to Canning of the East India Company, what impression do you get of the status of Jews in that society? Consider in particular Marine Captain Etherege's comments and advice to Maturin.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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