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. What causes tears to come to Jack's eyes when he is settled in the cross tree?

2. What type of ship was the Dart?

3. Where was Jack injured?

4. Which of the following words/phrases did Jack NOT think describing Maturin during the concert?

5. Which is Stephen's native country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. To what is Stephen's sense of duty linked and how is this reflected by his chosen profession?

3. Why do Stephen, Dillon, and the captain of the French ship share cake?

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

5. What does Jack threaten Stephen with when they disagree about helping the plague ship?

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

7. What transportation does Jack utilize to approach his new ship?

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

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

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

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 Jack's fate throughout the novel. What does he covet? Do you think Jack deserves what happens to him throughout the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe in what ways Jack undermines his own ability to be a successful captain. Do you believe he could have acted differently to ensure a pro-captain promotion? Why or why not?

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