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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. Where was Padeen transported for his crimes?

2. Upon what subject does Maturin and the man in question #33 disagree?

3. In what does Maturin instruct Standish as the ship enters the first port?

4. Of what ingredient is laudanum primarily composed?

5. Who is the second lieutenant aboard the Diane?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Maturin think about doing about the ship they saw and what does he decide?

3. Who does Maturin see on the ship and what does he think about it?

4. How does the captain of the Diane feel about being replaced and on what day does Aubrey take command?

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

6. Who is the Surprise's first lieutenant and what is his qualification?

7. What does Standish ask for at Lisbon and how does Aubrey respond?

8. What does Maturin think about in relation to Padeen?

9. What kind of journey did Sir Joseph have from Corunna and why has he come to Lisbon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Thirteen Gun Salute.

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Thirteen Gun Salute.

Essay Topic 2

Aubrey and Maturin are proper and respectable, Ledward and Wray are debauched and hated; and Aubrey and Maturin value honor and patriotism while Ledward and Wray are self-seeking traitors. Discuss the following:

1. How do you define the concept of "honor"?

2. Why do you think honor is so important to upper-class gentlemen?

3. Should Aubrey be held accountable and should it be considered a breach of his honor if he has given his word in good faith? Why or why not?

4. During the time period of Thirteen Gun Salute, duels are often fought over a question of honor, sometimes regarding issues that to the "modern" person seems a silly thing to fight a duel that could end up with one or both of the duelists dying. Do you think there is any issue of honor worth dying for? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Thirteen Gun Salute. Does the setting seem to be the best one for the plot? Can you think of a better setting? Why or why not?

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Thirteen Gun Salute. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Thirteen Gun Salute. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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