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 Aubrey return in Chapter 5?

2. Where does Sir Joseph say Diana has gone?

3. Who attended the event Joseph organized?

4. Why does Aubrey pass out?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maturin tell Sir Joseph about Aubrey's circumstances and what Aubrey hopes?

2. What happens when the ship is finally freed?

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

4. Where does Aubrey take Surprise when they set sail again following the first shakedown cruise?

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

6. How does Maturin fix Aubrey and what does Aubrey say about the laudanum?

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

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

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

10. Describe the taking of the Diane and what happens to her immediately afterward.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

O'Brian's female characters are almost always peripheral to the story line of any of his novels. Discuss one of the following in view of O'Brian's female characters in THE LETTER OF MARQUE.

1. What type of reader demographics do you think THE LETTER OF MARQUE might appeal to given the limited scope of O'Brian's female characters. Use examples from THE LETTER OF MARQUE or other O'Brian books you have read to support your answer.

2. Do you think O'Brian's books would be better with more in depth female characters? Why or why not? Use examples from THE LETTER OF MARQUE or other O'Brian books you have read to support your answer.

3. Do you think the O'Brian's paucity of female characters reflects history in our reality? Discuss why it might be possible that females played more significant roles in history but were ignored by the primarily male historians through the ages.

Essay Topic 2

The British Navy in this era is very flexible in letting their Captains and other officers use their own style of command. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Why? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems least effective? Why? Give examples.

3. Sometimes the crew will mutineer against a tyrannical Captain: Is mutiny ever justifiable? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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