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 plan to do with the Duke d'Angoulême?

2. What does Napoleon do (April 1814) not long after Hornblower secures Rouen?

3. What is surprising about the city of Nevers?

4. What does Hornblower read in the newspaper from England?

5. Who is the Duke d'Angoulême's wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the reasons that Hornblower doesn't return immediately to England?

2. How are Hornblower and the Comte saved from execution?

3. In the end, no fighting is necessary at Rouen, why?

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

5. Why is Hornblower conflicted about going back to France?

6. What does Hornblower note about the church service he accompanies the Duke d'Angoulême to? Why is this significant?

7. 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?

8. How does Hornblower try to save Brown's life?

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

10. What does Hornblower find in Nevers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does C. S. Forester use Hornblower's actions to reveal his character? List some examples.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the 19th century, there is no formal officer training or school for sailors. How do you think Hornblower's service on board the various ships affects his career? Compare and contrast Horatio Hornblower's education to that of a modern day officer. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of apprenticeship?

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