The Far Side of the World Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where are Aubrey and Maturin taken?

2. What is nailed to the craft's stem in the boat that rescues Aubrey and Maturin?

3. Who is closely acquainted with several powerful local families?

4. When does Surprise meet up with Danaë?

5. What does Mrs. Horner claim about her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Far Side of the World.

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

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

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in The Far Side of the World? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in The Far Side of the World. Include why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Far Side of the World and your own live to support your opinion.

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