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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. For whom does Sophie hold a dinner party?

2. Who arrives to meet with Maturin?

3. Where is Maturin almost overtaken while riding?

4. What does Mrs. Williams try to tell Aubrey about Diana?

5. About what does Aubrey express anxiety?

Short Essay Questions

1. For whom does Sophie hold a dinner and what happens about Maturin concerning the dinner?

2. How is Captain Thomas characterized?

3. What does Mrs. Williams say about Clarissa Oakes?

4. What does Maturin learn from Sir Blaine?

5. How does Captain Thomas act when Stephen sees him coming out of Aubrey's office?

6. What is Padeen teaching Brigid, and what is Stephen's reaction?

7. What does Ringle spot and what does Aubrey decide to do?

8. What does Stephen ask of Aubrey and what is his response?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and both Maturin and Aubrey are no exceptions.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Maturin and Aubrey each demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze both Maturin and Aubrey's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing each man's strengths and weaknesses, decide if each man is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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