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 is one of the many things Hornblower does in his new position in Le Havre?

2. Why is Hornblower particularly upset with the news about Captain Bush?

3. What does Hornblower think of the judgment for the mutineers?

4. What does the Duchess Marie Thérèse tell Hornblower about Nevers and their reaction to Napoleon coming into power again?

5. Where does Hornblower send the Porta Coeli as part of his plan for the militia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who surprises Hornblower by visiting him at Le Havre? Why is this surprising?

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

4. What does Hornblower find in Nevers?

5. How is Hornblower captured at the end of the book?

6. With the wars end, what decision does Barbara make that puts a further strain on her relationship with Hornblower?

7. What happens at the welcoming ceremony the Mayor of Le Havre conducts?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the two women in this book, Barbara and Marie, and their effect on Hornblower. Who is more typical of a woman of this time period? Barbara or Marie? Why and why not?

Essay Topic 2

As a character, Hornblower is all about duty and honor. Given that he cheats on his wife, do you think Hornblower is still an honorable man? Why? Why not? Is this in line with societal norms?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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