The Thirteen-gun Salute 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. For what type of research is Van Buren known?

2. How does the crew of the Diane feel about Maturin staying ashore in a bawdy-house?

3. What has caused the riot in Pulo Prabang that is happening when Maturin returns from the monastery?

4. What type of demeanor did Fox most exhibit?

5. Why are the English surprised the Sultan is hesitant to accept their offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maturin bring to van Buren's house and what do the two men do?

2. What is Fox's response to his situation and how does that affect Maturin?

3. What does Fox believe and what does he do about the French delegation?

4. What kind of daily observations does Aubrey take and why does he take them?

5. What surprises the English about the Sultan and their offer and what does Maturin think about the Sultan's behavior?

6. What kind of scandal do Aubrey and Maturin learn about that is occurring in England and how does Aubrey feel about it?

7. What kind of news about the French delegation does Raffles tell Aubrey?

8. What class do the midshipmen find boring and what do they do about it?

9. Who is Van Buren and why does Maturin seek him out in Pulo Prabang?

10. What kind of arrangements does Maturin make in Batavia and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the conclusion of a novel, most readers either consciously or unconsciously engage in processing the book and usually come to a conclusion as to whether they like the book or not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Would you consider Thirteen Gun Salute a "good" book? Why or why not? Use examples to illustrate your stance.

2. What do you think are the elements of an outstanding novel? Analyze one of your favorite novels to see if those elements are present.

3. What are some reasons you might consider a novel a failure? Analyze a novel you think is a failure and see if those elements are in that novel.

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

Captain Jack Aubrey is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Thirteen Gun Salute 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? Which is more interesting?

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.

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