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 do the naval officers do as they become restless?

2. Who huddles below deck?

3. What has Hornblower been promised?

4. When does Baddlestone receive the news of the court martial verdict?

5. What does Hornblower learn when Baddlestone demands payment from Meadows?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the Hotspur?

3. What are Hornblower's thoughts about the Hotspur as the Princess pulls away from the other vessel?

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

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

6. How do the English plan on destroying Villeneuve's fleet?

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

8. Describe Hornblower's part in Meadows' court martial.

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

10. What does Hornblower suggest and how is it received by Meadows and Baddlestone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Meadows and Baddleston. How are they alike? How are they different? Do you think Hornblower is more sympathetic towards one or the other? Why? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Lieutenant Bush to that of Hornblower. How do their personalities/abilities compare? Who seems more likely to climb the ranks within the navy. Why? With whom would you rather work? Be specific and give examples.

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 Meadows, Baddlestone, Marsden, Bower, and Claudius in the novel. Consider McCool in Hornblower's Temptation. Consider Brown, Barbara and Napoleon III in The Last Encounter.)

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

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. Once Hornblower turns over command of his ship, he has no standing whatsoever. When Hornblower boards the Princess, he is subject to the whims of Baddlestone (to the degree that it affects the ship). Discuss the following:

1. Should sailors be held accountable for anything they do under orders? Discuss fully, using examples from both the selections under consideration 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?

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