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. Upon what did the ship wreck?

2. To where does Kesegaran agree to carry a message?

3. What does Maturin play up?

4. What does Maturin hope the Cornélie will be without?

5. What is the name of their ship that wrecked?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Maturin do that gains the men assistance?

3. How and why does Aubrey modify the Nutmeg of Consolation?

4. Describe Stephan Maturin.

5. What is Aubrey's plan concerning an engagement with the Cornélie?

6. What does Maturin do with the girls?

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

8. How does Aubrey gain a vessel to replace the Diane?

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

10. What has Welby overdone in Aubrey's estimation, but why does Aubrey still admire the man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During this era in which The Nutmeg of Consolation is set, there are strongly-adhered-to class distinctions. Aubrey and Maturin are both gentlemen. Discuss one of the following: 1. How do the divisions of class tend to make divisions among men? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a class-based society? What evidence is there of those advantages and disadvantages in The Nutmeg of Consolation? 2. In the English military of that era, nobles and gentlemen generally were the officers and very few of the working or peasant class could cross the line into officer territory. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of such a system? 3. Do you think there is a class system in the United States? Does it carry over to the military? Why or why not? (Some research may be required.)

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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