The Letter of Marque 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. Where does Surprise go after finishing with Spartan?

2. Where do Surprise and her prizes go after leaving St. Martin's?

3. After the task in question #122, what does Surprise do?

4. What do Maturin and Martin do at an apothecary?

5. What does Sir Joseph say Aubrey would have to do to have his desire come true?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aubrey do about the crew's response in question #32?

2. What happens while the crew struggle to free Diane? How is Aubrey injured?

3. How does Babbington respond to Aubrey's request?

4. What does Sir Joseph tell Maturin about a possible target for Aubrey?

5. Why is Aubrey driven to succeed in taking Diane?

6. What does a government official say to Aubrey and what is Aubrey's response?

7. What does Surprise do after her encounter with Spartan and what do Martin and Maturin do?

8. How many ships does Aubrey capture and what happens to him as soon as they are captured?

9. Why does Aubrey encounter Babbington outside St. Martin's bay and what does Aubrey want from him?

10. Following Surprises first shakedown cruise when Maturin visits Sir Joseph, what does he find out about Wray and Ledward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of THE LETTER OF MARQUE.

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of THE LETTER OF MARQUE.

Essay Topic 2

Patrick O'Brian tries 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 LETTER OF MARQUE qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in THE LETTER OF MARQUE 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 3

In addition to understanding the war in which O'Brian's novels are set, it is quite helpful to have a basic understanding of nautical terminology and the types of ships and their armaments that were used during the early 1800s. Discuss the following:

1. Define ten of the most commonly-used shipboard terms and discuss how those terms are used in THE LETTER OF MARQUE.

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the ships used in the early 1800s?

3. How is the British navy organized during this period (early 1800s) and how different do you think it is organized today (including how one rises in rank).

4. Compare/contrast one of the naval battles described in the novel with one from WWII.

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