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 does the Ariel do?

2. Who does Aubrey warn in a small boat?

3. What ill omen occurs during the planning of the mission?

4. How is the crew of the Ariel?

5. Who lands to possess the fortress?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the emergency to which Aubrey awakens?

2. What happens to several of the French officers aboard the Minnie?

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

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

5. Describe the Grimsholm fortress.

6. Describe the chase scene when the Ariel goes after the Minnie.

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

8. Why is Aubrey searching for a suitable ship to capture?

9. What does Ariel do after leaving Grisholm?

10. What is the result of the meeting between Maturin and his Godfather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though it is not as evident in this book 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.

Essay Topic 2

Patrick O'Brian has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think THE SURGEON'S MATE qualifies as historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Aubrey is an officer and a gentleman and is therefore accorded more respect and trust even in enemy territory than the common sailor. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely that officers are usually more respectable than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not.

2. Aubrey has an adulterous affair with Amanda Smith in Halifax. Do you think this is how an officer and gentleman comports himself? Why or why not.

3. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for adultery or having sexual relations with someone of inferior rank. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

4. In the time in which THE SURGEON'S MATE is set, an officer's word was assumed to always be good; whereas a non-officer was not considered trustworthy. What is the flaw in this standard? Do you think it affects them moral and/or morals of non-officers? How?

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