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. To whom does Aubry write shortly after leaving Bombay?

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

3. What benefit does Mr. Hervey's uncle arrange for Aubrey in Bombay?

4. What affect does the heat and exposure on St. Paul's Rocks have on Stephen Maturin.

5. What becomes of Stanhope's entourage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stephen Maturin does not have official status aboard the H.M.S. Surprise. Although he serves as the ship's physician, Maturin is not a naval officer. How then does he relate to the crew? How does he treat the men, and what do they think of him?

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

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?

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