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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 plot has McAnon uncovered?

2. About what does Clarissa worry concerning Mrs. Williams' visit?

3. What does Maturin's caller want?

4. Why is Aubrey pleased to hear the Laurel will be joining his squadron?

5. About what does Sophie speak to Maturin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as the fleet is leaving The Berlings and what is Aubrey's thought on the matter?

2. What does Aubrey learn when he opens his orders and what does he ask Maturin concerning the orders?

3. What do Blaine and Maturin discuss concerning Ireland?

4. Who visits Stephen in Bantry and what does he tell Stephen?

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

6. Why has Aubrey's dark mood returned?

7. What happens when Stephen returns from Sinon?

8. What does Maturin learn from Sir Blaine?

9. Describe the squadron's first capture.

10. Why does the fleet put in at St. Thomas and what happens there between two officers.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes The Commodoreinteresting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Jack Aubrey. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Stephen Maturin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of William Duff. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Commodore based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that The Commodore falls within the genre of historical fiction changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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