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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. Why did Martin take a position on the Surprise?

2. Who is the first lieutenant aboard the Diane?

3. In what position will the person in question #16 be on the Surprise?

4. When does Surprise catch the ship in question #32?

5. Who reinstates Aubrey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maturin think about as they sail along the coast of Ireland?

2. What will complicate Aubrey's new mission?

3. What happens to the Surprise with Aubrey's new orders and what do Pullings and Aubrey arrange?

4. Why is the man in question #2 on the Surprise?

5. From where do many of the crew come?

6. What happens to Standish on the journey to Corunna?

7. What kind of honor does Fox inquire about to Aubrey and what is Aubrey's answer?

8. What do Aubrey and Maturin do after meeting with Fox?

9. Who owns the Surprise and what kind of work does the owner do?

10. How is the ship's last addition to the crew handling the voyage and how does Aubrey feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 Thirteen Gun Salute.

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)?

Essay Topic 2

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 trustworthy than enlisted men back then? What about today? Why or why not?

2. In the present military in the United States, both officers and enlisted can be held for court martial for consorting with a foreign national while in another country such as in the "bawdy-house" in Pulo Prabang. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with the policy?

3. In the time in which Thirteen Gun Salute 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 the moral and/or morals of non-officers? How? What about the morale of each group?

Essay Topic 3

A work of fiction is often organized around a structure called a plot. Discuss the following:

1. Define plot and its major parts (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution [or denouement]). Write a sentence or two synopsis of the major plot of the Thirteen Gun Salute.

2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in Thirteen Gun Salute. Explain using examples.

3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in Thirteen Gun Salute.

4. Identify the major parts of the subplot you identified in task number 3.

5. Why do you think identifying the plot and elements of the plot is useful?

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