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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 Aubrey find below decks?

2. What does Aubrey discover about his land holdings?

3. What does Aubrey order regarding pursuit?

4. Where has the other patient which Maturin is examining been?

5. What class is the vessel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Captain Aubrey.

2. What does Aubrey say about the dinner later that night to Maturin?

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

4. How does Aubrey treat the crew during the voyage to Moahu?

5. What do Maturin and Clarissa do during the voyage to Moahu?

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

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

8. What is a bit strange about Surprise's first at-sea inspection?

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

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

During this era in which THE TRUELOVE is set, there are strongly-adhered-to class distinctions. Aubrey and Maturin are both gentlemen. Discuss one of the following:

1. How do the divisions of class tend to make divisions among men? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a class-based society? What evidence is there of those advantages and disadvantages in THE TRUELOVE?

2. In the English military of that era, nobles and gentlemen generally were the officers and very few of the working or peasant class could cross the line and become officers. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of such a system?

3. Do you think there is a class system in the United States? Does it carry over to the military? Why or why not? (Some research may be required.)

Essay Topic 2

Truelove is one book in a series of novels involving Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier, more difficult, or about the same to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

During this era when the book takes place, if a vessel under the command of a naval officer captures another vessel from a country with whom they are warring or captures a pirate vessel, etc...the crew of the victorious vessel shares in the goods, money and value of the vessel--such as is the case when the Truelove is captured as a "prize." Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the British had such a policy in place then?

2. What are the possible abuses that can arise from such a policy?

3. Why do you think this policy is eventually abandoned?

4. Which vessel(s) mentioned in Truelove fall under this maritime law and what are the circumstances of their capture? Does it seem fair?

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