Lord 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. What does Hornblower speculate happens on the Flame as it starts to sail to shore?

2. What is typical of a crew's share of the prize money from a captured enemy ship?

3. When does Hornblower learn long splicing?

4. How does Hornblower know the captain of the Porta Coeli?

5. What does Hornblower notice as he is about to go into battle at Le Havre?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does C. S. Forester quickly establish Hornblower's rank and importance?

2. After the fighting, how many ships does Hornblower end up with and what does he do with them?

3. What is Horatio Hornblower's state of mind at the beginning of the book? Why is he feeling this way?

4. What does the Admiralty do on Hornblower's news of the Flame and the possible surrender of Le Havre?

5. Why is suppressing the mutineers particularly difficult for Hornblower?

6. Why does Hornblower kill Nathaniel Sweet, the leader of the mutineers?

7. What does Hornblower do with Lieutenant Chadwick, the one who loses control of the Flame through mutiny?

8. What does Hornblower do to make the ships even more alike?

9. What does LeBrun tell Hornblower about the latest imperial dispatches from Paris? What does this news suggest about the war?

10. Hornblower is surprised after speaking with the leader of the mutineers, why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

C. S. Forester wrote this book in the 20th century about people and events in the 19th century. How does C. S. Forester use language to give life to the period? Is he successful?

Essay Topic 2

How self-aware is Hornblower of his own character traits? Do you think Hornblower develops more fully as a character over the course of this book? How "real" of a person is he? How does he compare to characters in other novels of the period?

Essay Topic 3

Hornblower seems to be the only person in the book who is sympathetic to the plight of the mutineers. Why do you think this is the case? What motivates Hornblower to pardon and commute their sentences?

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