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. What does Aubrey do shortly after he renders his judgment on what was done to Surprise?

2. What has the men on Surprise who are interested in Sethianism done?

3. What is Maturin's relationship to the man in question #83?

4. Where does Surprise go after finishing with Spartan?

5. What do the Sethians do at the mention of the name Seth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Aubrey's plan for taking Diane?

4. How is Aubrey greeted in England upon his return and what does Sir Joseph do for him?

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

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

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

8. What does Maturin ask about Diana and what does Sir Joseph tell him?

9. What does Aubrey find has transpired on the Surprise while he was ashore?

10. Maturin and Martin discuss literature and what? What does Maturin insist about tragedy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Aubrey's seamanship with that of Babbington.

2. Thoroughly analyze the character of Maturin, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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

Essay Topic 2

Seemingly, reinstatement is within grasp, but Aubrey is too proud to accept it on any terms but his own. While most men would jump at the chance of an official pardon, Aubrey sees it only as an admission of guilt and declines. Aubrey's decision is not practical but instead is based on ideals. This marks a major turning point in Aubrey's characterization as it demonstrates that he is fully committed to correct principles.

1. Discuss Aubrey's refusal to accept a pardon and whether you think it is a foolish decision.

2. In light of the above statement discuss what is meant by the cliche "false pride" and whether you think Aubrey is afflicted with it.

3. There have been a number of documented cases in justice where a person refuses to plead guilty to a lesser charge because they were innocent of any charge and yet were convicted and sent to prison. Discuss what you believe you would do if you were charged with a crime you did not commit. For example, would you risk 20 years in prison to have a jury trial for a crime you did not commit or would you plead to a crime you also did not commit but would only put you in prison for a year?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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