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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 is Aubrey's commander's response?

2. What relation is Diana to Mrs. Williams?

3. What ship do Aubrey and Maturin board the next morning?

4. Who arrives to meet with Maturin?

5. What is said about Clarissa Oakes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Whewell and how can he help in the fleet's mission?

2. What does Mrs. Williams say about Aubrey's uniform and what is Sophie's response?

3. Who is Mr. Gray and what is his situation?

4. What does Aubrey decide to do when they arrive at Philip's Island?

5. What do Blaine and Maturin discuss concerning Ireland?

6. Where does Stephen take Clarissa, Brigid and Padeen and what deal does Stephen make with Padeen?

7. What happens when Stephen returns from Sinon?

8. Why is Maturin unable to take his first foray into the jungle at Freetown?

9. Describe the squadron's first capture.

10. What is the story about Bob Morley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many events that happen in The Commodore are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in The Commodore. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Commodore.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Commodore. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Commodore. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

In addition to understanding the war in which O'Brian's novels are set, it is quite helpful to have a basic understanding of nautical terminology and the types of ships and their armaments that were used during the early 1800s. Discuss the following:

1. Define ten of the most commonly-used shipboard terms and discuss how those terms are used in The Hundred Days.

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the ships used in the early 1800s?

3. How is the British navy organized during this period (early 1800s) and how different do you think it is organized today (including how one rises in rank).

4. Compare/contrast one of the naval battles/hostile actions between two vessels described in the novel with one from WWII.

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