The Truelove Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Aubrey occupy his time when not commanding the ship?

2. What does Aubrey order regarding pursuit?

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

4. How does Aubrey find the Surprise?

5. What does Aubrey encounter in their first port of call?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aubrey send Bonden to scout the shore of Norfolk Island?

2. Describe the situation with Midshipman Reade.

3. Why do Sarah and Emily become upset and how is the problem solved?

4. What does Aubrey decide to do at Moahu, especially after learning what else about the goings on at the island?

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

6. How does the enlisted crew celebrate Oakes' wedding?

7. How does Clarissa end up at a penal colony in Australia?

8. What are Surprises orders?

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

10. Upon what mission does Aubrey send Davidge and some other crew and how does Davidge perform?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clarissa Harville (later Oakes) is the only woman on board the Truelove, although there are 2 young girls on board the ship, due to some unusual circumstances. Discuss the following:

1. Research the superstition related to having a woman on board a ship. Do you think the superstition has a basis in logic? What?

2. How did the superstition about a women on board give rise to the bare-chested figure of a woman often found on the prow of a ship?

3. Discuss three other superstitions that are peculiar to sailors of that time. Which of them might have some basis in reality? What is the reality that may be behind each superstition?

4. Is there any reason to pay attention to a superstition, whether on land or at sea? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of instances of foreshadowing in THE TRUELOVE. Many of these instances, readers will recognize as probable foreshadowing; others, the readers may not be aware until the event which is foreshadowed occurs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term foreshadow. Why do you think authors foreshadow a future event? What might be a reader's reaction to a sudden tragic or wonderful event if there were no hints whatsoever that it might occur?

2. Find four events that are foreshadowed in and pair up the foreshadowing text with the event. Analyze each event to include the following: What is foreshadowed? Is the method O'Brian uses to foreshadow effective? Did you guess when a particular text was foreshadowing a future event? Did you guess what the event is?

3. Along with foreshadowing, symbolism usually plays a role in most works of fiction? How extensive is the use of symbolism in Truelove? Is there enough symbolism to add depth to the writing? Interest to the writing? Explain your statements with examples.

Essay Topic 3

Clarissa offers her life story to Maturin, stating her story in a monotone with little affect. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Clarissa relates her story to Maturin in the way she does?

2. Do you think Clarissa would be treated as harshly today in the justice system? Why or why not?

3. What do you think would have happened to "cousin" Edward today if he were discovered to be using Clarissa and the other girl in the way that he does? Do you think the difference between today and then indicates a higher moral compass for modern society?

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