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 are his carpenters and seamen begun building?

2. Where departs for Batavia in one of the ship's boats?

3. What does Maturin want to do about the Cornélie?

4. What is one thing that interests Kesegaran about the camp?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When will the schooner be completed, and what will the men do once it is built?

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

3. How do Maturin and Martin renew their acquaintance and what is Aubrey's response?

4. Why does Maturin become irascible and the rats become vicious?

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

6. What does Maturin do with the girls?

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

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

9. What has been Aubrey's chief concern and why?

10. How does Maturin find himself in a duel and what is the crew's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and both Maturin and Aubrey are no exceptions.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Maturin and Aubrey each demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze both Maturin and Aubrey's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing each man's strengths and weaknesses, decide if each man is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

Essay Topic 3

Maturin acts as a covert agency for the Crown and uses his intelligence connections to slow down Cornélie's resupplying in order to give The Nutmeg of Consolation a chance to catch up and capture the French vessel.

1. What sort of covert operations does Maturin undertake? How similar do you think his covert operations are to that of an organization such as the CIA of today?

2. How much does Maturin's covert operations effect good outcomes for the The Nutmeg of Consolation and other British endeavors during The Nutmeg of Consolation?

3. Do you see any conflict of interests between being a doctor and also a covert operator? Why or why not.

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