The Mauritius Command Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To where does Aubrey move his flag?

2. How long are the French ships blockaded in port?

3. Which ship does Aubrey recapture?

4. What arrives in Cape Town that cheers everyone?

5. Who commands the Groper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Clonfert and Corbett.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of McAdam and Maturin.

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

Chapters 7 and 8 see Aubrey's command fall from the pinnacle of early success to the nearly catastrophic as unrestrained personal egos lead British forces to constant defeat. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Aubrey tolerates his fleet taking so much independent action? Do you think he has a choice?

2. One of the traits of a good leader is to not over lead, yet offer enough leadership for the success of the mission. Analyze one battle from with this idea in mind and decide if Aubrey is a good leader.

3. What other traits of a good leader does Aubrey demonstrate?

4. Are there any leadership traits that Aubrey seems to lack? What are they?

Essay Topic 3

Maturin acts as a covert agency for the Crown and spreads anti-French propaganda on both La Reunion and Maurtius. Discuss the following:

1. What sort of covert operations does Maturin undertake? How similar do you think his covert operations are to that of an organization such as the CIA of today?

2. How much does Maturin's covert operations affect the outcome of the capture of La Reunion and Maurtius?

3. Do you see any conflict of interests between being a doctor and also a covert operator? Why or why not.

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