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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 does Diana request of Maturin?
2. What does Dundas suggest to Aubrey?
3. What does Maturin do pro bono?
4. What request does Maturin make of Aubrey concerning his friend?
5. Where does Aubrey recruit some dozen of the new sailors on the Surprise?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is in the long boat that pulls alongside Surprise and what do they tell Aubrey?
2. What does Martin decide about Maturin's condition, and what does Aubrey think?
3. What are some of the things the crew does to while away the time?
4. What sort of information does Allen discuss?
5. What happens to Martin and what does Maturin discover?
6. What transpires in Aubrey's meeting with Admiral Sir Ives?
7. With whom does Aubrey meet in Gibraltar and what is the rumor about him and Mrs. Fielding?
8. What happens when Maturin and Aubrey return to the Surprise?
9. Who are the highest ranking officers besides Aubrey and how are Mr. Martin and Hollom viewed?
10. Whom does Surprise encounter and what do they send with them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Patrick O'Brian has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think The Far Side of the World qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?
2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?
3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Far Side of the World. Questions that Hobbs most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the O'Brian's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss O'Brian's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of O'Brian and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of war in The Far Side of the World. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with war? Why? What are some symbols of war? Symbols of nationalism? What characters seem patriotic?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Far Side of the World. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of nature versus man in The Far Side of the World. How does the natural world affect the plot? How does it affect the characters? Which characters are most concerned with the natural world? Why is knowledge of the natural world important in that era to sailors?
4. Trace and analyze the theme of superstition in The Far Side of the World. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be superstitious? Why?
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