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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 much of Chapter 3 offer?

3. Who does Maturin encounter that he knows on the trip on the junk?

4. What does Maturin hope the Cornélie will be without?

5. How had Fox behaved?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Maturin find Padeen Colman and what does Maturin do?

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

5. What else is Maturin doing while in port besides his nature study?

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

7. Why is the situation not as precarious as it could be for the marooned men?

8. In what condition does Aubrey find the Surprise?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Though it is not as evident in The Nutmeg of Consolation as others, most of the entire series of novels concerning Captain Jack Aubrey takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of this book and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the naval aspect of the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British navy during either WWI or WWII.

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