Master and Commander Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe where the opening scene of this novel takes place and be sure to include descriptions of the actions occurring as well as the setting.

The opening scene of this novel is set in a music room in the Governor's House filled with Italian musicians playing enthusiastically.

2. What specific actions does the author describe which allow the reader to deduce that Jack Aubrey is enjoying the concert?

The reader can tell that Jack Aubrey is enjoying the concert because he sighs and smiles and attempts to tap out the beat of the music throughout the songs.

3. What did Maturin say to Jack on their first encounter?

On their first encounter, Maturin told Jack that he seemed incapable of beating out a tune correctly.

4. Where is Jack staying and why does he share this information with his neighbor?

Jack is staying at the Crown and hopes to meet his neighbor after the concert, so he passes along this information.

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