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. In his opinion, it is not proper for Bush to feel what for Hornblower, a junior officer?

2. What is the known destination of the ship?

3. When the Captain fell, he landed on his ___________.

4. What role does Whiting have?

5. What is found in the Captain's locked desk?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What would happen if the Renown sailed into Kingston with either a success or if "she came limping in"?

3. How does Lt. Bush categorize naval officers?

4. What does Captain Sawyer order for every man after the hands haul in the weather main brace?

5. What does it mean that Bush is "brought up in a hard school"?

6. Describe in detail Hornblower's plan for a surprise attack on the fort at Samana Bay.

7. Describe Hornblower's appearance throughout Chapter 10.

8. What is the proof of the shipmen's diligence of work on the ship?

9. Why does the Captain have Wellard whipped?

10. What are the specific commission dates for the Lieutenants Bush, Hornblower, and Smith?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several themes evident in a close reading of "Lieutenant Hornblower." Of the following themes, choose two and show how they are important and relevant in the analysis of this novel: Mutiny, Fear, Sanity vs. Insanity, Friendship, and Courage. Use specific instances from the novel to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

The hero of a piece of fiction can be romantic or realistic or have elements of both. Who is the hero of this adventure tale, and what actions or characteristics make this character either romantic, realistic or a combination of both in his heroic actions? Discuss specific instances throughout the text.

Essay Topic 3

Prior to reading "Lieutenant Hornblower," what do you know of the term, "mutiny?" Compare that perspective to the one you have after reading the novel. Are there instances where mutiny is understandable and justifiable? Explain your answer and look to the text for examples.

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