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. Between whom is a treaty arranged?

2. What does Aubrey do to Miller and Oakes?

3. About what does Maturin discuss with Aubrey?

4. What does the Captain of Marines have his men construct?

5. For what are the nests good?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aubrey offer Maturin and why do they decide to go to Sweeting's Island?

2. What does Maturin say is wrong and what does he do?

3. What action does Maturin take with the information he gains from the pirates and what does he hope to accomplish by his actions?

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

5. Describe Captain Jack Aubrey's physical attributes.

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

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

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

9. How does Aubrey choose to arm his vessel and what is the advantage and disadvantage of doing so?

10. Where does Aubrey take his passenger after Pulo Prabang?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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