Hornblower During the Crisis 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. To what ship is Hornblower assigned?

2. To whom does Hornblower report on land?

3. What skill does Hornblower mention that he possesses?

4. Who has signed the document?

5. What do they need to implement Hornblower's suggestion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Hornblower and his men do when the prize crew arrives?

2. What procedures are followed by Hornblower and others once McCool is aboard the Renown?

3. What do the formerly sleeping watch sailors do as Hornblower is contemplating what to do with the ship?

4. What does Hornblower do mostly because he is so tired and what is the response of Marsden?

5. What does Hornblower hand over to Marsden and Barrow, and what do they make of it?

6. Describe the outcome of the court martial and the events up to when McCool is hanged.

7. What are several factors that cause Marsden to be impressed with Hornblower?

8. What indications are there that the weighted packet Hornblower takes off the French brig might be important?

9. How does Marsden describe the encounter between Calder and Villeneuve?

10. How does Reverend Doctor Claudius fit into Hornblower's scheme?

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 this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much 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

In "Hornblower's Temptation," Hornblower is a very young officer and is given a great deal of responsibility to manage a fairly sly prisoner. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think in the "real" world, a young officer would be given charge of a prisoner such as McCool? Why or why not?

2. What do you think it says about Hornblower's reputation that he is assigned this duty?

3. What sort of character traits do you think a man (at that time) would possess who would attain the rank of admiral, a rank only a tiny fraction of officers ever earn? Does Hornblower possess all or many of the characteristics you name? Hornblower eventually earns the rank of admiral in later books of the series. Can you see a hint of that in his behavior in Hornblower During the Crisis and "Hornblower's Tempation"?

Essay Topic 3

Treason then, as now, is considered one of the most heinous crimes a citizen can commit and is often punishable by death. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think treason is considered to be so detestable than as now? (Perhaps even more so during the time of Hornblower's life).

2. Do you think the crime of treason is always bad enough to warrant a death sentence? Sometimes? Never? Does the fact that England is no longer at war with France when Hornblower aids Napoleon III make it an act of kindness rather than treason? Do you think Hornblower would have acted the same if England were still at war with France? What do you think he would have done otherwise?

3. Do you think McCool is being treasonous by fighting for a country who is at war with England even though McCool is from Ireland? Do you think McCool's death sentence is for treason or desertion? Is it warranted no matter why? Is desertion in times of war worth the death penalty? What about in times of peace? Explain your rationale.

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