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. How does Hornblower light the fuse?

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

3. What does McCullum determine has to be done to recover the last container of gold?

4. Who goes ashore to make purchases?

5. Why are more reliable methods not tried first?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who wants to go with Hornblower and the Prince and why doesn't Hornblower allow him?

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

3. Describe how the treasure is stored and how it is recovered.

4. Where does Atropos sail and from whom does Hornblower receive a dinner invitation?

5. What besides the fortresses has appeared to cause problems for the Atropos?

6. What does Hornblower suddenly notice about two deserted fortresses?

7. What does Hornblower do after delivering the treasure?

8. Describe the next attempt at using explosives.

9. Describe the capture of the Castilla.

10. Who comes aboard on a visit to the Atropos and what do Hornblower and the visitor discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During this era in which Hornblower and the Atropos is set, there are strongly-adhered-to class distinctions. Hornblower and most naval officers are considered "gentlemen." Discuss one of the following:

1. How do the divisions of class tend to make divisions among men? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a class-based society? What evidence is there of those advantages and disadvantages in Hornblower and the Atropos?

2. In the English military of that era, nobles and gentlemen generally are bthe officers and very few of the working or peasant class could cross the line into officer territory. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of such a system?

3. Do you think there is a class system in the United States? Does it carry over to the military? Why or why not? (Some research may be required.)

Essay Topic 3

Hornblower and the Atropos, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note (until he arrives back home). Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Hornblower and the Atropos and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Hornblower and the Atropos is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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