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 maneuvering is involved in getting Maturin and his patient to their destination?

2. What relationship, if any, does Aubrey have with the captain of the Seringapatam?

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

4. Why must Maturin be rushed away from the duel scene?

5. What does Maturin do to at least partly ease his conscience about Dil's murder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Both Aubrey and Maturin entertain their shipmate's with stories and knowledge of sailing. Which man is more credible?

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

Both Stephen Maturin and Jack Aubrey assert control of their destinies. Maturin has the advantage of fortune, but Aubrey's heroism gains him position as well. What about the two major female characters? Do Sophia and Diana have control over their own fates? How does each woman assert herself?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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