Master and Commander Test | Mid-Book 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. Which of the following is the best definition for the term epaulette?

2. How long was the interval between two shots?

3. Which of the characters cannot speak?

4. When is Stephen told he will meet Mr. Dillon?

5. How does Mrs. Harte feel about Jack's promotion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mowett say as he is guiding Stephen down from the top of the ship?

2. Why does Jack decide to proceed the pursuance of the vessel in silence?

3. How and why does Stephen defend Aubrey to Dillon?

4. Describe the kind of friend is Jack to Stephen and compare it to the kind of friend Stephen is to Jack.

5. Why don't Maturin and Dillon tell everyone that they know each other?

6. 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.

7. Describe in detail what a sin-eater is.

8. What two factors cause the French ship, The Citoyen Durand, to surrender?

9. What initial reaction does the Admiral have when he sees Jack kissing Queenie and how did this reaction change?

10. What blunder did Jack tell Stephen he made with regards to Dillon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing whether or not you agree that this novel is a brilliant study of character. Why do you believe this is or is not the case? Use information from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail the relationship between Dillon and Aubrey. How did this relationship affect Jack's ability to be captain? Do you think the Dillon was right in his views and beliefs? Do you think Jack's view's were justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

This novel is often described as one of the greatest buddy teams in novels. Do you agree with this description? Why or why not? Why do you think it is referred to in this way?

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