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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 happens to Surprise and Franklin as they search for their next prize ship?
2. What happens to Aubrey during the taking of the prize ship?
3. What has Maturin been called by the person in question #140?
4. Where does Maturin go when he ascends into the Andes the first time?
5. What is one of the possibly permanent problems Martin has physically?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the result of Martin's self-medication?
2. Why does Aubrey go out to sea in Franklin, what does he encounter and what does he discover?
3. What side trip do Maturin and Eduardo take and what happens after they leave there?
4. With whom does Maturin meet and why?
5. Who is Edward Shelton and why is he aboard the American whaler?
6. What is done at the meeting for the rebellion?
7. Describe Eduardo and what kind of relationship do he and Maturin develop?
8. What happens to Aubrey as they take the French ship?
9. What does Aubrey hope to find as they sail to Peru and how does he find it?
10. Where does Maturin go when he leaves Callao the first time and who does he meet? Why is he going there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though The Wine-dark Sea is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Aubrey and Maturin. How are they similar? How are they different? Would you consider one of them a stronger character than the other? How does each of them add to the story?
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Maturin and Sir Joseph. How are they similar? How are they different? Would you consider one of them a stronger character than the other? How does each of them add to the story?
3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Jack Aubrey, discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.
Essay Topic 2
O'Brian is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the the early 1800s. Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze O'Brian's descriptive passages about life as a sailor. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would the novel be different if O'Brian did not include such descriptive passages?
2. Analyze O'Brian's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Aubrey or Maturin or Dutourd. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Vidal or Eduardo.
3. Describe and analyze O'Brian's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does O'Brian do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land/sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?
Essay Topic 3
Martin has abused himself both physically and mentally because of feeling guilty about whatever kind of relationship he had with Clarissa. Maturin confides to Diana that he suspects Martin had some type of sexual relationship with Clarissa and is now suffering a moral conundrum about being a married Christian reverend on the one hand and a lustful adulterer on the other.
1. Discuss some ways in which Martin might have been able to deal with his guilt besides causing himself permanent physical problems. Use examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
2. Religious beliefs are strong influences on many people. Beliefs can have both negative and positive effects on a person's life. Discuss the ways in which Martin's religion has both positive and negative effects on his life.
3. Maturin watches the behavior and emotional trauma that Martin has been experiencing. As a friend, what do you think are some of the ways in which Maturin was loving in his behavior with Martin and some of the ways in which Maturin was not loving with his friend.
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