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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 does Baddlestone do to the French sailors who are pouring out from below deck?
2. Who has intercepted Villeneuve?
3. What does Hornblower suggest to Baddlestone about the papers from the French brig?
4. What is the sentence passed upon McCool?
5. What is Hornblower's special duty?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Hornblower and his men do when the prize crew arrives?
2. What do the formerly sleeping watch sailors do as Hornblower is contemplating what to do with the ship?
3. What is the final outcome (according to an author's note) of Hornblower delivering false orders to Villeneuve?
4. Describe Meadows.
5. How do the Englishmen get over to the French brig?
6. Describe Hornblower's actions up until he meets with Marsden.
7. Why is Hornblower privy to the information passed with the signal flags?
8. Describe the fight to gain control of the French brig.
9. What indications are there that the weighted packet Hornblower takes off the French brig might be important?
10. What special duty is Hornblower assigned?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During wartime then, and even into the 20th century, a death sentence is often carried out within hours or days after the sentencing among the military. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think a death sentence is executed so quickly among the military during wartime?
2. Do you think it is right that the soldier/sailor has no recourse to appeal a sentence of death if he is convicted of certain crimes in wartime?
3. Do you think McCool should have been allowed an appeal? Explain your answer fully.
Essay Topic 2
Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Horatio Hornblower is no exception. Hornblower's legendary powers of reasoning is juxtaposed with his nervousness and internalized self-doubt. Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze situations when Hornblower demonstrates his powers of reasoning and ability to act in a crisis. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Are Hornblower's strengths apparent in each of the three stories?
2. Trace and analyze Hornblower's character flaws, especially his nervousness and self-doubt, offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion. Are these flaws apparent in each of the three stories?
3. Compare the young Hornblower from Horn to the older Hornblower in HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS to the elderly Hornblower in "The Last Encounter." How are they alike? What traits are apparent in each selection? How has Hornblower matured?
Essay Topic 3
Loyalty is demonstrated in a number of ways, as is the lack of loyalty. Discuss the following:
1. How do you define loyalty? Is the ability and desire to be loyal an admirable trait in humans? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being loyal to a person? Cause? Country? Idea? What of those who are loyal to something no matter what they learn about that person, thing, ideal, country, etc... -in other words, blind loyalty.
2. Discuss and analyze Hornblower's tendency to be loyal. Is it always warranted? Wise? Earned? What situation in HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS shows Hornblower's loyalty at its most ideal? Do you feel that Hornblower is a loyal British subject? What about in "Hornblower's Temptation"? Friend? Husband? Comrade? Discuss each situation.
3. Do you think McCool is truly loyal to Ireland? Why do you think he would go from the military service of one country (England) to that of military service with a country at war with the first country (France). Does McCool not feel any loyalty to his oath of service? Does he think loyalty to his oath is invalid since he is from Ireland?
4. Why do you think even as young as he is, Hornblower is able to elicit loyalty from the men on board the Princess to go fight a difficult and dangerous battle with the sailors of the French brig?
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