Lord Hornblower 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 does Hornblower do instead of going to the Congress?

2. What does the local magistrate tell the Comte after he is captured by Napoleon's troops?

3. What does Hornblower have to do with the mutineers who aren't pardoned?

4. What happens to Hornblower after Marie dies?

5. What does Hornblower and the group try to do to evade capture after being cornered by Napoleon's troops?

Short Essay Questions

1. Two important historical events follow soon after Hornblower's capture of Rouen. What are they? Why are they significant?

2. Why doesn't Hornblower go to Vienna with his wife Barbara?

3. With Napoleon in power again, what does Hornblower do?

4. What is LeBrun able to do to make it easier for Hornblower to secure the harbor defenses at Le Havre?

5. What does Hornblower plan to do with the militia sent to bolster Le Havre's defenses? Why?

6. What happens to Marie at the end of the book and why is this significant?

7. What does the Mayor of Le Havre do when he meets Hornblower? Why is this significant?

8. How does C. S. Forester show that the English admire and think well of Hornblower and his actions? What does this show us about Hornblower?

9. How does Hornblower ruin the evening for his wife at the Duke's banquet and reception? Why is this significant?

10. On the evening of Brown's marriage to his sweetheart, the Comte relays some bad news to Hornblower. What is the news and how does it affect Hornblower?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like most of the people in the novel, Hornblower's life is shaped by the war between France and England. Describe Hornblower's attitude towards the war throughout this book. Is he conflicted about the end of the war? Why?

Essay Topic 2

C. S. Forester does not make Hornblower perfect. What are some of his flaws? Why does Hornblower have flaws?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the typical conditions on a British ship of the line as experienced by a seaman and an officer. Why are things so different? How much of this can be attributed to class inequality?

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