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 Marie la Vicomtesse de Graçay's relationship to the Comte de Graçay?

2. Who does Hornblower and his wife meet at one of the state functions?

3. What is the news from the war front (April 1814) not long after Hornblower secures Rouen?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Napoleon Bonaparte's response to Le Havre's liberation? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How important is social standing in the 19th century? Does Hornblower do as well in his career if he is born a peer? Does he do better?

Essay Topic 3

A number of characters die in this book, including Hornblower's mistress and his best friend. Why do you think C. S. Forester kills off these characters?

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