Post Captain 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 two crew members collaborate with Captain Aubrey in the re-design of the Polychrest's rigging?

2. What area of the H.M.S. Lively does Doctor Maturin tour?

3. Following his meeting with Lord Melville, Aubrey goes back to his hotel, sleeps and then goes for a walk. What type of facility does he wind up visiting?

4. What type of object is the French corvette?

5. What is the name of the suitor whom Mrs. Williams has arranged for her daughter, Sophia?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Aubrey's visits with Diana affect his friendship with Maturin?

2. What is Doctor Maturin's motive in encouraging Sophia to be more forward with Captain Aubrey?

3. How is Captain Aubrey able to abort a nascent mutiny aboard the Polychrest?

4. How does Doctor Maturin demonstrate his desire to continue cultivating his friendship with Captain Aubrey despite any differences that the two men may have had in the past?

5. How do Aubrey and Maturin differ on their opinions about the usefulness and feasibility of having bees on board the H.M.S. Lively?

6. What makes it difficult for the Polychrest to enter the French port where the target ship is located?

7. How does Aubrey show compassion and remorse regarding his previous dealings with Sophia?

8. What is the outcome of the prolonged engagement between the Bellone and the Polychrest?

9. How do Goodridge, Parker, and Aubrey solve the Polychrest's speed and maneuverability problems?

10. What is the Polychrest's ultimate fate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aboard the Polychrest, the ship master, Goodridge, can be labeled as gregarious and likable, while First Lieutenant Parker can be deemed tyrannical and unapproachable. Compare and contrast both officers. Explain which one can be a better leader and why.

Essay Topic 2

From cover to cover of the book, Mrs. Williams is trying to qualify suitable suitors for her beautiful daughter, Sophia. Her niece, Diana Villiers, meanwhile, is prominently courted by a trio of men from which she eventually makes a selection. Write an essay focusing on which of the women is likely to end up with a more suitable lifetime partner based on their respective techniques in selecting a suitor.

Essay Topic 3

A strong sense of patriotism and loyalty to one's mother country is woven throughout the fabric of Post Captain. Write an essay detailing who, what, where, when, and how this patriotism is depicted in the book.

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