The Surgeon's Mate Test | Final 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 moves into the area?

2. What does Pellworm say about the voyage?

3. Why would Grisholm give the Minnie docking privileges?

4. What does Pellworm predict as he is put ashore?

5. Who does Aubrey warn in a small boat?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Hyde cutting Jagiello's meat and what happens at dinner one evening when Hyde does so?

2. What does Aubrey give a technical discussion of and how does he replace the broken chronometer?

3. What does Ariel do after leaving Grisholm?

4. How does Lieutenant Grant slander Aubrey's name even further?

5. Who is Pellworm; what does he predict and what is the first thing that happens that seem to prove his prediction to be true?

6. Describe the guest Swedish officer, Jagiello, who is onboard the Ariel.

7. What are a couple ill omens that Aubrey experiences that gives him the jitters?

8. What is the emergency to which Aubrey awakens?

9. Why is Aubrey concerned when there is stormy weather?

10. Briefly describe the Ariel, the ship of which Aubrey assumes command.

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 this book and in the others 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

Aubrey, though very bright in many ways, is somewhat superstitious, a trait common to many sailors. Discuss the following:

1. What is superstition? Can you name a few common superstitions? Do any of them seem to have any validity in logic?

2. Why do you think sailors have the reputation for being superstitious? Do you think it is true? What occurs in The Surgeon's Mate that is explained by or attributed to superstition? Are there other explanations for the occurrences?

3. What are some of the superstitions you are familiar with that sailors seem to believe? Do you believe any of them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Not only is Great Britian engaged in a war against France and Napoleon's allies, it is at the time of THE SURGEON'S MATE engaged in a war with the United States, later named the War of 1812. Discuss the following:

1. What is the War of 1812 and why does it occur? Do you think the British or Americans are most to blame for the problems that engender the war? Which side does O'Brian show the most sympathy?

2. How does it feel if you are from the United States to read about a war from the perspective of the "enemy"? How does that affect your reactions to the events in the book?

3. What do you think are the unique problems for Great Britain in being engaged in wars on two different fronts? Do you think Great Britain was unwise in not settling the issues with the United States rather than going to war? Why or why not.

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