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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 is causing contention among the ship's officers?

2. What British interests or laws are being threatened?

3. What color is the bolt of silk which Aubrey has?

4. To whom does Aubrey give his word that there are no stowaways on board?

5. Who is Tom Pullings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be some of the officers' responses to Clarissa?

2. What do the officers do on the same evening as the crew's celebration, and what do Aubrey and Maturin notice?

3. How does Aubrey get into Pabay harbor and what does Trulove do?

4. What does Aubrey hope for on his return to England?

5. What has Aubrey unwittingly violated by having Padeen Coleman aboard and why is that a serious thing to Aubrey?

6. Why does Aubrey push the crew mercilessly?

7. What does Aubrey offer Martin and what is his response?

8. Describe the conversation during the wedding dinner.

9. Why is Clarissa put out onto the streets and what does she do?

10. What happens after the victory by Aubrey's men and Puloani?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 TRUELOVE.

2. Identify where the parts of the plot seem to fall in THE TRUELOVE. Explain using examples.

3. Define the literary term "subplot." Write a sentence or two synopsis of a subplot in THE TRUELOVE.

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?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Jack Aubrey is no exception. Aubrey's insight and a nearly infallible instinct tends to carry him through the various perils he encounters, yet he is also plagued with doubts and is not above an occasional act of adultery.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Aubrey demonstrates his instinct for handling problems at sea. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Aubrey's character flaws, especially his ineptness on land, with business ventures and wandering eye as far as women are concerned.

3. Discuss how you think Aubrey's admirable traits helped his career in the Navy? How does Aubrey hide his character flaws so they have not impeded his career. Do any of those under his command seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

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

2. Aubrey has an adulterous affair with a young native woman . 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 TRUELOVE 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?

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