Hornblower and the Atropos 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 does Hornblower decide to pursue?

2. Where is the last container of gold?

3. How is the silver in the Speedwell stored?

4. What does Hornblower notice about the nearby fortress one morning?

5. Who does Hornblower summon to accompany him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hornblower think is good news?

2. What does Hornblower find when he returns to the Atropos?

3. Describe the capture of the Castilla.

4. Describe the beginning preparations for the salvage operation.

5. Describe McCullum and his divers.

6. What does Eisenbeis explain to Hornblower about McCullum's wound?

7. Why does Hornblower believe the second attempt at explosives is unsuccessful and what does McCullum explain?

8. Describe Hornblower's interaction with the Mudir.

9. Describe Eisenbeiss.

10. What does Hornblower see at Cartagena that surprises him, and what does he do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Forester is masterful in his description of battles, storms and life in general in the West Indies in the early 1820s. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Forester's descriptive passages about life at sea, particularly in times of stormy weather or difficult passages. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would the novel be different if he did not include such descriptive passages?

2. Analyze Forester's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Hornblower, The Prince, Admiral St. Vincent or any other characters of the gentleman or noble class. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as the Singalese divers or the drunk who is leading the horses in chapter one.

3. Describe and analyze Forester's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Forester do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land/sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How do the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?

Essay Topic 2

At sea, the commander of a vessel is "God," and failure to obey the Captain's orders can subject one to court martial and even execution. Discuss the following:

1. Should sailors be held accountable for anything they do under orders? Discuss fully, using examples both from Hornblower and the Atropos and your own knowledge.

2. Why do you think mutiny on a ship is punishable by death?

3. Is there ever justification for a crew to mutiny?

4. Hornblower threatens Eisenbeiss with flogging and/or hanging both at the time he comes on board Atropos for the first time and later when he shoots McCullum, though Eisenbeiss is neither a British citizen nor part of the navy. Why do you think Eisenbeiss obeys Hornblower? Is it fair that he must fall under the orders of Hornblower?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Hornblower believes he is fooling the Mudir. Find two other incidences of irony in Hornblower and the Atropos and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Hornblower and the Atropos.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Hornblower and the Atropos.

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