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 hope his new situation will bring him?

2. What is Sethianism?

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

4. What does Aubrey say every man must do for his next objective?

5. What happens to Diane after the event in question #124?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the final outcome about the incident in question #31?

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

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

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

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

10. How did the crew respond to Aubrey's orders concerning the incident in question #31?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Often in O'Brian's series involving Jack Aubrey, his ship and/or life is saved by extraordinary means. Discuss the following:

1. Identify and analyze a time in The Letter of Marque when O'Brian makes free use of the technique of narrative contrivance to save Aubrey and his ship.

2. Does the use of narrative contrivance diminish the impact of the plot? The believability of the storyline?

3. Is there any other way O'Brian could have a mixture of suspense and action while at the same time making certain the main characters are not killed?

Essay Topic 3

During this era when THE LETTER OF MARQUE takes place, if a vessel under the command of a naval officer captures another vessel from a country with whom they are warring or captures a pirate vessel, etc...the crew of the victorious vessel shares in the goods, money and value of the vessel. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the British had such a policy in place then?

2. What are the possible abuses that can arise from such a policy?

3. Why do you think this policy is eventually abandoned?

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