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 does Aubrey show Maturin when they climb into the foretop?

2. In what direction is the H.M.S. Surprise headed while in the sea near Brazil?

3. What does Maturin think of this visit to the foretop?

4. What does Maturin do to at least partly ease his conscience about Dil's murder?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How are the officers of the H.M.S. Surprise treated by the China fleet?

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

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

10. Is there any point in the long voyage when the people on board are in grave danger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How do letters advance the plot of the novel? Think about letters written by any of the major characters. What kind of information does the author give the reader through letters? Are the letters an effective means of moving the plot?

Essay Topic 3

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

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