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

2. What does Jack discount as a gnat in respect to Stephen joining the crew?

3. Which term describes Stephen in relation to pursuing revolution in the Irish cause?

4. Which of the following best describes Jack's behavior at the Harte's party BEFORE he has too much liquor?

5. Which of the following was not a reaction to the punishment of the new man, John Surel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secret information was included in the packet of information Captain Harte sent to Jack?

2. Describe the sky which Jack viewed as he looked to the West and its importance to the story.

3. Prior to the strange death of Henry Gouges, what caused the sailors of the Sophie to show off a remarkable bit of seamanship?

4. What does the author write which indicates how Jack feels about the Sophie upon his first sight of the ship?

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

6. What changes Jack's behavior at the party thrown by the Hartes and how does it change?

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

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

9. What did Dillon come to Jack's quarters to discuss which might cause problems with the sailing?

10. What did Jack describe as a commodity that even Aristotle could appreciate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How was Jack's glory described throughout the novel? Was his glory justified? Do you believe Jack was justified in his constant search for prizes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how fate intervenes for various characters throughout the novel. Be sure to include specific examples from the novel to support your descriptions. Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?

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