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. At the royal banquet, what does Hornblower realize about his wife?

2. How does Marie die?

3. Who is with Hornblower the last time he is at the Chateau de Gra├žay?

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

5. Where do they hold the Congress to decide the fate of post-war Europe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hornblower come to realize about his wife and himself?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Hornblower's decision to go back to France make Brown so happy?

7. What does Napoleon's troops do to further decimate the morale and number of the Comte and his followers? Why?

8. Two important historical events follow soon after Hornblower's capture of Rouen. What are they? Why are they 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. How does Hornblower react to Barbara's presence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how Hornblower's feelings towards his wife change throughout this book. How much of this is due to Barbara and how much is it due to Hornblower's own intimacy issues?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How well do you think someone like Hornblower does in modern society? Is he adaptable enough? Is Hornblower the type of person who succeeds no matter what time period he lives in? Why? Why not? Support your position with examples from the book.

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