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

2. How does Aubrey use the H.M.S. Surprise as a kind of decoy in his initial encounter with Linois' ships?

3. Whose navigation abilities does Jack Aubrey doubt in chapter eight?

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

5. What woman does Maturin visit in Calcutta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maturin throws naval terms about, but really has little knowledge of the sea and sailing vessels. Aubrey is a man at home on the water, but he faints at a surgical procedure. Why are these two men such devoted friends to each other? What does each give and receive in the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

The H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian is set in history over 200 years ago. Do you think the story can be told as well if set in today's society? What major changes can be made? How might the morality of society and the characters be different?

Essay Topic 3

Diana is a social outcast, but Maturin wants to rehabilitate her reputation. She, at one point, seems to give in to his proposal to save her by marrying him. Examine the motives of each of these characters in this relationship. Is success in this couple doomed from the start? Does either one understand what the other wants?

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