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 woman does Maturin visit in Calcutta?

2. Is Stanhope the only passenger on the H.M.S. Surprise who suffers from seasickness?

3. Who dies from his wounds a few days after the H.M.S. Surprise is in a battle with the French?

4. Among the vessels of Linois, which is the most imposing to Aubrey?

5. What does the Marine Captain suggest Maturin do to Canning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Babbinton's promotion only considered an acting appointment?

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

4. Why is Stephen Maturin so visibly upset when he returns to the H.M.S. Surprise in chapter eight?

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

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

7. What details about Diana's life in chapter seven suggest her morality might be questionable?

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

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

A long voyage could be compared to a person's life. The voyage of the H.M.S. Surprise is months long and filled with adventure as well as some tedium. How does the voyage with its unsuccessful mission represent Aubrey's life?

Essay Topic 3

Early in the novel, Stephen Maturin willingly discusses Jack Aubrey with Sophia who is engaged to Jack. That personal conversation contrasts with Maturin's awkward advice when Mr. Nicolls confesses misdeeds on their excursion to St. Paul's Rocks. What is the difference between the two conversations? What is Maturin's attitude toward Sophia and toward Nicolls? Does either conversation bring up any past incidents in Maturin's mind? What does Maturin's reaction in each conversation tell us about him?

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