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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. 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 Cornélie.

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?

Essay 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

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 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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