The Nutmeg of Consolation Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Patrick O'Brian has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think The Nutmeg of Consolation qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era (early 1800s) is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Aubrey is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common sailor. For example, he give his word as an officer that there are no "absconders" on his ship. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Aubrey is very upset with Matruin for bringing Colman on board because Aubrey gave his word there were no stowaways on The Nutmeg of Consolation. Since Aubrey gave his word in all good faith, do you think he has lost honor because he inadvertently lies? Why or why not.

3.. In the time in which The Nutmeg of Consolation is set, an officer's word was assumed to always be good; whereas a non-officer was not considered trustworthy. What is the flaw in this standard? Do you think it affects the morale and/or morals of non-officers? How?

Essay Topic 3

At sea, the commander of a vessel is "God," and failure to obey the Captain's orders can subject one to court martial and even execution. Discuss the following:

1. Should sailors be held accountable for anything they do under orders? Discuss fully, using examples both from The Nutmeg of Consolation and your own knowledge.

2. Why do you think mutiny on a ship is punishable by death?

3. Is there ever justification for a crew to mutiny?

4. Is it just for a captain to have that much power over his crew? What sort of abuses can this lead to?

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