The Far Side of the World Test | Mid-Book 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 does Hollom begin that is scandalous?

2. What does Sir Ives say about the USS Norfolk?

3. Who has Aubrey eyed in town as a possible romantic partner before he learns her identity?

4. What does Higgins begin to do?

5. What does Maturin do pro bono?

Short Essay Questions

1. What letter does Maturin receive and how does he answer it, and what is hinted at concerning the disposition of the letter?

2. What does Aubrey learn about Norfolk and how does his haste ultimately slow things down?

3. What does Maturin learn about HMS Danaë?

4. Whom does Surprise encounter and what do they send with them?

5. What is the situation between the British and Americans?

6. What beside crew members will be on Surprise and is this normal?

7. How do Maturin and Aubrey react differently to the information Allen is offering?

8. Who does Surprise encounter?

9. What does Allen say about how whales are used?

10. What does Maturin do aboard the Danaë?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Far Side of the World is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Captain Jack Aubrey is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Thirteen Gun Salute and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed? Which is more interesting?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Aubrey who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes The Far Side of the World interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze 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 Maturin. 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.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Horner. 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.

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