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 do the men do for entertainment?

2. How does Maturin spend the next few days after collapsing?

3. Why is the Nutmeg of Consolation readied for sea in haste?

4. Where is the unnamed island?

5. Approximately how many men are marooned on an unnamed island?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the dinner for officers fare that Aubrey hosts?

2. What happens to Maturin's fortune?

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

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

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

6. How does Maturin spend much of his time, and what do the men do besides working on the boat?

7. How do the English lose hope even though they repulsed the Dyak attack?

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

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

10. How does Aubrey plan for an attack on Cornélie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Captain Jack Aubrey is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in The Nutmeg of Consolation and in the other books in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Aubrey who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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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