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 when he hears the latest news about Napoleon regaining power?

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

3. What happens to Captain Bush after the encounter with Napoleon's troops at Caudebec?

4. What is Hornblower afraid of when he hears Dobbs' news?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Hornblower have the English troops do at the end of the Mayor Momas' ceremony, and why is this significant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the characteristics of a good leader? Compare the captains in this book: Bush, Freeman and Chadwick. Are they good leaders or not? What about the Comte and the Duke and Duchess of d'Angoulême?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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