Treason's Harbour 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. What is happening to many of Aubrey's best men?

2. Who follows Aubrey dutifully?

3. What will be waiting for Aubrey and his crew when they suceed in crossing?

4. What does Ponto do at the shop?

5. Who accompanies Aubrey and his crew?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the men that respond to Captain Aubrey's summons appear?

2. What does Aubrey decide to do about waiting until the end of Ramadan?

3. Who do Aubrey and his crew meet in Mubara and what does he tell them?

4. What does Aubrey decide to do about Mrs. Fielding and why?

5. What are Aubrey's orders from the Admiral for him and his crew?

6. What is Ramadan?

7. What does Aubrey fear about his crew as time passes?

8. What is it like in Malta and why does that not cheer up the British officers?

9. Describe Jack Aubrey.

10. What does Aubrey order his crew to do and where does Aubrey go while they are obeying his order?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often in O'Brian's series involving Jack Aubrey, his ship and/or life is saved by extraordinary means. Discuss the following:

1. Research and define the literary term "narrative contrivance."

2. Identify and analyze a time in the book when O'Brian makes free use of the technique of narrative contrivance to save Aubrey and his ship in Treason's Harbour.

3. Does the use of narrative contrivance diminish the impact of the plot and the believability of the storyline?

4. Is there any other way O'Brian could have a mixture of suspense and action while at the same time making certain the main characters are not killed?

Essay Topic 2

During this era in which Treason's Harbour is set, there are class distinctions that are strongly adhered to. 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 Treason's Harbour?

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 into officer territory. 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 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.

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 such as the hike through the dessert and wandering eye as far as women are concerned.

3. Discuss how you think Aubrey's admirable traits helped him obtain a high rank 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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