Master and Commander 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 would come before Jack's promotion?

2. What must Jack do in order to recover from his serious illness?

3. Which of the following words best describes Jack overall?

4. How many men does Stephen report to be killed?

5. What is Stephen concerned that Jack may have done with the prisoners?

Short Essay Questions

1. What proves to Jack and the crew the ship with the blue ensign is from England?

2. What do Stephen and James discuss after dinner and why does Stephen find it pleasurable?

3. What does Mr. Ellis talk disparagingly about and of what importance is this within the novel?

4. What happens during the battle between the Sophie and the Cacafuego?

5. Why does Jack go back to the Crown and what does he do while he is there?

6. What does Stephen see when he bends under the table to retrieve his napkin?

7. Why is Captain Neal stern with Jack when Jack shows up to discuss his orders with dirt and powder all over his clothes and face?

8. For Stephen, what takes precedence over the spiritual emptiness of a life in the Navy?

9. What does Stephen tell Jack he must do in order to recover from the disease he got from Molly?

10. What changed about the way Molly was treated throughout the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe examples of irony throughout the novel. How does Fate intervene at the height of Jack's success? Why is this considered an ironic event?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the statement that Jack is a character with some ignorance and prejudice, but also has a willingness to grow. Support your evaluation with information from the text. Would anyone reading the text agree with your supposition?

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