The Truelove Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does Edward eventually suffer?

2. What is Maturin excited to learn?

3. Who is crewing the Franklin?

4. Who is Dutourd?

5. What is brought on board the Surprise?

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

Though it is not as evident in this book as others, most of the entire series of novels concerning Captain Jack Aubrey takes place during the Napoleonic Wars; therefore understanding the political and social situation during that time helps to a greater understanding and appreciation of THE TRUELOVE and others in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the Napoleonic Wars begin and end.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the naval aspect of the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France.

3. Compare/Contrast the importance of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars to the importance of the British navy during either WWI or WWII.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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