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

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

3. Why does Maturin not go to see Diana when he first finds out where she lives in Bombay?

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

5. What woman does Maturin visit in Calcutta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How do you describe Stanhope and his entourage from the stand point of the H.M.S. Surprise crew?

9. By the time the H.M.S. Surprise reaches Bombay, what is the condition of the ship and the crew and passengers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A novel may have more than one theme, but each theme includes a subject and a verb. To say the theme of a poem is war, for instance, is incomplete. More appropriate would be to say the theme is that war is futile. Discuss a major theme in the novel H.M.S. Surprise. Explain why you believe it is a major theme and use evidence from the book to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author use symbolism in the novel? How do the symbols contribute to 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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