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 about the incident in question #94?

2. What did Maturin find when he examined Aubrey?

3. What did Aubrey say about the laudanum Maturin gave him?

4. How is the man in question #83 described?

5. How does Babbbington feel about Aubrey's plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when the ship is finally freed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part of the Sethians' religious worship involves clearly marking their homes with the name Seth, and thus the Sethians have marked Surprise--their beloved home--with the name Seth. Upon being ordered to remove the painted name, they had refused, as had the remainder of the superstitious crew.

Sailors are notoriously superstitious. Even Aubrey, though very bright in many ways, is somewhat superstitious, a trait common to many sailors. Discuss the following:

1. What is superstition? Can you name a few common superstitions? Do any of them seem to have any validity in logic?

2. Why do you think sailors have the reputation for being superstitious? Do you think it is true? What superstitions are mentioned in The Letter of Marque?

3. What are some of the superstitions you are familiar with that sailors seem to believe? Do you believe any of them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Jack Aubrey is no exception. Aubrey's insight and a nearly infallible instinct tends to carry him through the various perils he encounters.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Aubrey demonstrates his instinct for handling problems at sea. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Aubrey's character flaws, especially his ineptness on land, with business ventures and a wandering eye as far as women are concerned.

3. Discuss how you think Aubrey's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank in the Navy? How does Aubrey hide his character flaws so they have not impeded his career? Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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