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 Stanhope's physical condition push Aubrey to do in spite of safety concerns?

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

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

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

5. Why does Aubrey meet with the first lieutenant Stourton shortly after the ship sets sail out of Bombay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aubrey call together the captains when the H.M.S. Surprise returns to the China fleet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does the East India Company reward Aubrey and the the East India Company?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

If it is the role of an antagonist to set obstacles in the way of the protagonist, who is then be considered the protagonist, and who is the antagonist in the novel? Explain using passages from the book.

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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