Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Approximately how many men are marooned on an unnamed island?
2. What does much of Chapter 3 offer?
3. What is Aubrey planning as he leaves port?
4. What does Aubrey do with the cannons?
5. What are his carpenters and seamen begun building?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the landing crew find on Sweeting's Island?
2. How does Maturin find himself in a duel and what is the crew's response?
3. Describe the first attempt of the Nutmeg of Consolation to engage Cornélie.
4. What happens to Maturin's fortune?
5. Who is John Paulton and what is he like?
6. What does Maturin give Paulton for his help?
7. What has Welby overdone in Aubrey's estimation, but why does Aubrey still admire the man?
8. Where does Li Po take the men and what important information Maturin gain along the on the trip?
9. What does Maturin do with the girls?
10. What does Maturin do that gains the men assistance?
In the world of academe, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?
2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?
3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.
4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?
Many events that happen in The Nutmeg of Consolation are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."
2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.
3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in The Nutmeg of Consolation. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.
Often in O'Brian's series involving Jack Aubrey, his ship and/or life is saved by extraordinary means. Discuss the following:
1. Research and define the literary term "narrative contrivance."
2. Identify and analyze a time in the book when O'Brian makes free use of the technique of narrative contrivance to save Aubrey and his ship in The Nutmeg of Consolation.
3. Does the use of narrative contrivance diminish the impact of the plot? The believability of the storyline?
4. 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?
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