The Fortune of War Test | Final 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 Maturin want from Herapath?

2. How does Johnson respond to news of the assault on Maturin?

3. What does Villiers reveal when she returns to her room?

4. Who are his attackers?

5. Of what does George Herapath assure Maturin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is interesting about the fact that Johnson spends large sums of money and time gathering intelligence for the United States and is it likely that someone would do that in this age?

2. What happens to Maturin in Chapter 7 that makes it obvious that he needs to come up with a viable escape plan very soon?

3. What does Maturin find in Johnson's papers and what is the implication?

4. How does Maturin figure out that he has been identified as the intelligence officer and what is the implication?

5. How does Maturin explain his engagement to Villiers to Aubrey and what does this engagement say about Maturin's character?

6. Of what is George Herapath proud and what may be a little despicable about his attitude?

7. What is humorous about Aubrey's daily observations of the bay?

8. What does Wogan attempt to persuade Maturin to agree to and how do you think he may feel about it?

9. How does Michael Herapath earn a living and why is this odd?

10. What happens that even in the midst of the drama of escape is humorous?

Essay Topics

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 this book qualifies as 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

Captain Jack Aubrey is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book 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?

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

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Aubrey and Lambert.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Maturin and McLean.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Jack Aubrey, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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