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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 does Surprise cross at the opening to Chapter 3?

2. What do Maturin and Aubrey agree on about Clarissa?

3. What angers Aubrey about Padeen Coleman?

4. To what does the man admit?

5. Where has one of the patients that Maturin is examining been?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what does Maturin talk to two of his patients in sick bay and what is his response to the conversations?

2. How does Aubrey finally figure out what is wrong with some of his officers and crew and what does he do to handle the situation?

3. What do Maturin and Clarissa go ashore to do, but what do they end up doing?

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

5. Describe the ensuing battle with the French and Kalahua's forces.

6. How does Aubrey ready his crew for battle and what is Clarissa's reaction to this?

7. What does Aubrey host on the way to Moahu and what is his and Maturin's estimation of Clarissa?

8. Describe the conversation during the wedding dinner.

9. Who captains the Franklin and what is the man's philosophy?

10. What does Bonden report and what is Aubrey's decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Captain Jack Aubrey is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in THE TRUELOVE 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.

Essay Topic 2

The Surprise encounters a storm at sea. After the storm blows over, Aubrey continues to press the crew hard; Clarissa does not appear at breakfast for several days, and Oakes claims she fell during the storm and wounded her face. Maturin calls on her and sees she has a livid black eye, obviously caused by being punched--Oakes has beat Clarissa. Discuss the following:

1. Is it legal during this time period (1813) for a husband to beat his wife?

2. Why do you think Oakes lies about Clarissa's bruises if it was legal for him to beat her?

3. What does Maturin do about the fact that it is obvious that Oakes beats Clarissa? Do you agree with Maturin's actions? Why or why not?

4. What do you think you would do if you were in the same situation as Maturin? Explain your rationale.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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