Hornblower During the Crisis Test | Mid-Book 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 greets the new captain on Hotspur?

2. Of what does Hornblower despair the next morning?

3. Who is the Captain of the hoy transferring Hornblower?

4. How long has Hornblower been involved in the blockade of Brest?

5. What does it look like Meadows is doing as the Princess pulls away from Hotspur?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Baddlestone say about the strategic situation between Villeneuve's fleet and that of Nelson's fleet?

2. What is the purpose of the water-hoy coming alongside the Hotspur?

3. What does Hornblower wonder about the court martial and who answers his question?

4. What does Captain Meadows say about Baddlestone when Hornblower asks?

5. How is the space allocated aboard the Princess now with so many extra men?

6. What happens when Captain Meadows begins to read his orders of command and what does Bush do?

7. Who arrives at the Princess within a few hours after Baddlestone announces the results and why are they there?

8. What does the lookout spy and what becomes obvious to those aboard the Princess?

9. Describe the interaction between Bush and Hornblower when Bush comes to tell Hornblower the water hoy has arrived.

10. How is Hornblower feeling and why is that surprising to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hornblower During Crisis and "The Last Encounter," like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

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

2. Do you think "Hornblower's Temptation" ends on a "happy note"? Why or why not?

3. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS, "Hornblower's Temptation" and "The Last Encounter" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why these three titles are or are not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

Essay Topic 2

During this era when the book takes place, if a vessel under the command of a naval officer captures another vessel from a country with whom they are warring or captures a pirate vessel, etc...the crew of the victorious vessel shares in the goods, money and value of the vessel. For example, when Meadows is describing Baddleston to Hornblower in chapter one, Meadows says he'd give up 5 years worth of prize money to have Baddleston under his command for 10 minutes. The prize money to which Meadows is referring is that discussed above. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the British had such a "prize" policy in place then?

2. What are the possible abuses that can arise from such a policy?

3. Why do you think this policy is eventually abandoned?

4. Do you think it fair that the English felt that any vessel of any country that showed support to France was fair game, along with the French vessels? (As did France behave the same way towards Britain's allies.)

Essay Topic 3

Horatio Hornblower is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Hornblower who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Give examples of their actions which you would call heroic.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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