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. What does Aubrey do to Miller and Oakes?

2. What does Maturin find when he goes to gather the nests?

3. Upon what did the ship wreck?

4. What do the attackers do as they retreat?

5. Who attacks the sailors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Maturin and Martin spending much time doing?

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

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

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

5. About what does Aubrey brood and what are his thoughts about the topic?

6. What good news does Maturin receive from Sir Joseph Blaine?

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

8. With what is chapter 3 mostly concerned and why?

9. Describe the fight between the Dyaks and the English sailors.

10. What interests Kesegaran in the sailors' camp and why are the sailors interested in her?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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