Lieutenant Hornblower 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. Hornblower suffers from ________________.

2. What is the consequence for being caught speaking mutinously in secret?

3. What does the phrase, "rope yarn Sunday" mean when the Captain declares it after his reading?

4. The ship's surgeon has to administer a heavy dose of _______ to set the Captain's fractured nose.

5. Why does Bush halt for 15 minutes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the view like from inside the fort once Bush and his men take one of the entrances?

2. What is Bush puzzled and anxious about in regards to Hornblower?

3. What dangers await the Renown in the West Indies?

4. Describe the complicated political situation occurring in Santo Domingo.

5. What does it mean to "kiss the gunner's daughter" in naval terms?

6. How have the attitudes of the ship changed since the change in command?

7. Why do the half-dozen ship's boys scatter sand on the deck prior to the ship's raid on the fort?

8. After Wellard notifies the four shipmen that the Captain is coming, the four men and Wellard disperse. Explain how they accomplish this task.

9. How is Horatio Hornblower described physically at the beginning of Chapter 1?

10. Why might Bush be both pleased and irritated with Hornblower?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who or what is the most apparent antagonist in "Lieutenant Hornblower"? Why do you think this is the case? How does Forester, the author, shed the character in this light? How is the antagonist a foil for the protagonist? Give specific examples from the text to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

The plot of "Lieutenant Hornblower" is event-driven. What is the sequence of events that occur throughout the novel that cause the plot to advance? How do these events change the setting, the action, the mood, and the characters' reactions? What is the climactic event of the novel that results in the resolution of the main conflict?

Essay Topic 3

How do gender roles come into play in your reading of "Lieutenant Hornblower"? How are women portrayed and talked about in the novel? Why is it important to note that all of the ships are referred to as being female? What role does Maria have towards the end of the novel? How is she described? Why is this important when thinking about gender roles?

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