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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. Why does Aubrey anchor Surprise in a deserted bay?
2. Where does Surprise go after finishing with Spartan?
3. Who attended the event Joseph organized?
4. Who came to speak to Aubrey after Joseph's event?
5. Why does Aubrey pass out?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the final outcome about the incident in question #31?
2. What does Surprise do after her encounter with Spartan and what do Martin and Maturin do?
3. What is Aubrey's plan for taking Diane?
4. What does Aubrey find has transpired on the Surprise while he was ashore?
5. How many ships does Aubrey capture and what happens to him as soon as they are captured?
6. What does Sir Joseph tell Maturin about a possible target for Aubrey?
7. What type of injury does Aubrey have?
8. Why does Aubrey encounter Babbington outside St. Martin's bay and what does Aubrey want from him?
9. What does Aubrey do about the crew's response in question #32?
10. Why is Aubrey driven to succeed in taking Diane?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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?
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