The Nutmeg of Consolation Test | Mid-Book 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. How far do they figure they will have to sail to find assistance?

2. Who owns the Chinese junk?

3. With what does Aubrey arm the Nutmeg of Consolation?

4. For what is Grimshaw and Killick known?

5. What do the men do for entertainment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Surprise spending so much time in port?

2. Who is William Grimshaw and how does he help provide comic relief on board?

3. What is Pullings response to an offer of command?

4. Upon what factors does Aubrey's plan hinge?

5. How does Paulton help Maturin with Colman and what is Maturin's ultimate objective concerning Colman?

6. What does the landing crew find on Sweeting's Island?

7. What favor does Raffles' wife ask of Aubrey and what is his response?

8. Who is John Paulton and what is he like?

9. What do Maturin and Martin do and what do they find?

10. Compare the armament of the Cornélie with that of the HMS Nutmeg of Consolation.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Nutmeg of Consolation is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

The Nutmeg of Consolation, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Nutmeg of Consolation and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of when Maturin spends a great deal of time contemplating his new poverty-stricken status when he is actually as wealthy as always.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from The Nutmeg of Consolation. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in The Nutmeg of Consolation and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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