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. Who is fatally injured during the duel in chapter ten?

2. While in Bombay, what does Maturin learn becomes of Sophie's sisters?

3. To whom does Aubry write shortly after leaving Bombay?

4. Who is waiting for Maturin at his lodging when Maturin returns from meeting with Diana?

5. What dangers does the H.M.S. Surprise face on the way to Calcutta?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stanhope's ill health finally affect Aubrey and his crew?

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

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

4. Why is Maturin's recovery of health surprising in chapter six?

5. What is the Marine Captain Etherege's approach to Maturin's desire to get satisfaction from Canning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Political influence, then as now, often gets things done. Describe how political influence is used in the novel by both Maturin and Sir Joseph.

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