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. What do the men confined below decks do?

2. Of what are the newspapers critical?

3. What does Hornblower suggest could be used from the document?

4. Where is Hornblower going after he has visited his wife?

5. Why does Baddlestone turn the papers over to Hornblower?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the fight to gain control of the French brig.

3. What special duty is Hornblower assigned?

4. Describe Meadows.

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

6. What does Baddlestone suggest and what does Hornblower ultimately have the men do to the French brig?

7. What are Hornblower's thoughts about Ireland's plight?

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

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

10. What is most useful about the document that Hornblower brings to the admiralty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Honor is a very important concept in this book and in the life of those in the upper class during that era. After Hornblower learns of the large amount of cash in McCool's trunk, his sense of honor does not allow him to keep the cash, though no one else knows about it. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of honor in HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS. What do you think Hornblower would tell you is the definition of honor if you ask him? Do you think honor can be restored if it is lost?

2. Respond to the following statement using specific examples from the book and your own experience: Honor is one of the most important character traits for anyone in any social strata. First fully define the concept of honor, then discuss whether you believe the preceding statement is true with specific examples from HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS and other books/films, etc... that you have read or experienced.

3. During the era in which Hornblower lives, men could give their word on the basis of being a gentleman and it is assumed to be true. There was no such concept for a lady or anyone of lower social/economic groups. Fully discuss the implications in a society where only gentlemen are considered trustworthy enough to give their word unquestioned.

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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