Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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 CornÃ©lie.
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?
Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think The Nutmeg of Consolation is? Explain your response.
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?
In addition to understanding the war in which O'Brian's novels are set, it is quite helpful to have a basic understanding of nautical terminology and the types of ships and their armaments that were used during the early 1800s. Discuss the following:
1. Define ten of the most commonly-used shipboard terms and discuss how those terms are used in The Nutmeg of Consolation.
2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the ships used in the early 1800s?
3. How is the British navy organized during this period (early 1800s) and how different do you think it is organized today (including how one rises in rank).
4. Compare/contrast one of the naval battles/hostile actions between two vessels described in the novel with one from WWII.
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