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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. From where has the Prince fled?

2. How fast does the boat move?

3. Upon what vessel do Hornblower and his family take passage?

4. What is parallel to the canal?

5. Even if Napoleon rules the earth at the moment, what consoles Hornblower?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to cause a crisis for Hornblower and what is his first response?

2. Describe Hornblower's encounter with the King.

3. What does Hornblower do when he hears a shot in the foggy distance?

4. How does Hornblower get the Atropos ready for departure?

5. What happens at Oxford to relieve Hornblower of his volunteer job and then what does Hornblower do?

6. Why is the Atropos anchored and what does Hornblower do with the time?

7. What happens when the Prince and his retinue come on board the Atropos?

8. Describe Maria Hornblower.

9. What do Hornblower and Maria do after leaving the wherry?

10. Who and what does Hornblower take on board at Gibraltar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Hornblower assumes command of the Atropos, he is assigned the Prince of Seitz-Bunau as a midshipman aboard the ship. Discuss the following:

1. What sort of difficulties do you think would ensue through having royalty on board the Atropos? Give examples from the book.

2. How does Hornblower handle the Prince? Do you agree with the way he handles the young man?

3. Hornblower is within his rights to have the Prince caned a few times when he almost causes the Atropos to have to engage the Castilla when they have no back up vessels. Do you think caning the Prince is the best way to handle the situation? How do you think the men feel about Hornblower after the incident?

4. Would you find it difficult to treat a Prince the same as the other men were you in command? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

C. S. Forester often uses historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Hornblower and the Atropos qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If many of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

4. Would you enjoy living in this era? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of McCullum and Eisenbeiss. How are both abrasive? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either man's cause more worthy than the other? Do you think Hornblower is more sympathetic towards one of the men compared to the other? Why? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Hornblower in chapters 1-4 with Hornblower as he is in the remainder of Hornblower and the Atropos. How can you tell they are the same man? How do they seem different? Which do you enjoy more? Why? Which of the two Hornblowers seems more "real?" Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples. (Consider Maria Hornblower, Tom Jenkins, Pallender, Admiral Lord St. Vincent, Lieutenant John Jones, the Prince Seitz-Bunau, the Mudir, George Turner and Collingwood as secondary characters for the purpose of this essay topic.)

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